Ireland: Demonstration planned to urge government to expand medical cannabis access

A demonstration will take place at the Department of Health tomorrow to urge the government to expand access to medical cannabis for the treatment of chronic pain and other conditions. 

The demonstration is being organized by the Patients for Safe Access group amid concerns that people cannot afford the costs of medical cannabis and are often denied access. 

Among those demonstrating is Alicia Maher from Mayfield, who moved to Spain in 2019 so she could access cannabis safely for the treatment of chronic pain. 

Although she has now been prescribed medical cannabis by a pain consultant in Ireland under a ministerial license, she has remained in Spain because she cannot afford the cost of the drug here.

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