Gino Kenny argues that criminals are benefiting from prohibition, while medical marijuana users are being criminalised.
Medical marijuana use has been used as a defence in several recent court cases. Included in this was the case of Clare’s John Montaine A guilty plea was entered on his behalf to a charge of illegal possession of cannabis at the Wynne family home in 2021, and Mr Montaine, Violet-partner, Anne’s was fined €100.
Mr Montaine has been seizure-free for the past six years after taking THC oil, a cannabis derivative, for the past six years, according to his lawyer.
A man in Cork, Ireland, was sentenced to 200 hours of community service after pleading guilty to cultivating marijuana for his ailing father. When Orin Cooney, from Knockarourke, Donoughmore, County Cork, received the seedlings from his father, he used them to treat his father’s severe medical condition.
Cannabis prohibition should be abolished, according to People Before Profit TD Gino Kenny
Kenny has been an advocate for medical marijuana, and he says the current system in Ireland criminalises people unnecessarily.
He believes that cannabis should be legalised and regulated like alcohol, taking it off the black market and eliminating criminal penalties for use, cultivation, and possession.
According to Mr Kenny, people are being prosecuted for “tiny amounts of cannabis” in their possession. “I think we’ve got it all backwards,” he utters these words. “Decriminalization is a step in the right direction, but it needs to be regulated.”
As a means of removing people from the criminal justice system, “that’s the better option,” he responds. Other countries have experienced similar events, but the world as a whole has not come to an end as a result. In my opinion, it’s a far superior system. Synthetic cannabis products and their potency are a concern for him.
As he continues: “Of course, there are people who have a cannabis dependency, and of course, there are situations where it will have an adverse effect on their mental health. This is not a trivial matter; it is a factual issue.
It will be now September before People Before Profit brings forward a bill on amending the Misuse Of Drugs Act for the personal use of cannabis.I had hoped to introduce the bill next week before the Dáil recess but that’s proved to be not possible.
— Gino Kenny TD (@Ginosocialist) July 9, 2022
“There is no justification for a system in which it is being pushed underground and unregulated.” His view is that Ireland’s current system has benefited a small group of people “that take control of communities, cause chaos, and subject communities to severe violence.” It’s a good idea to
Mr Kenny also believes that the current Medical Cannabis Access Program needs to be widened to include more patients. For example, neuropathic pain is one condition that should be included in the programme because of its extreme limitations, “he asserts,” according to her. “It’s one of the most common conditions for which medical marijuana has been shown to be effective.”
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According to him, neuropathic pain is included in the Danish medical cannabis access programme, which he believes is “not fit for purpose” in Ireland. He argues that if the programme only served a small percentage of the population, it would be a waste of money.
According to the Department of Health, there are currently 12 people who have been approved under the MCAP. “The Department plans to establish an expert group to further review the use of cannabis for medical purposes in 2022, following completion of an updated evidence review,” according to a department spokeswoman.