Patients wait in cannabis supply limbo | Ireland – The Times


Patients seeking access to medicinal cannabis face an indefinite wait because the government has yet to find a supplier.

Other steps, including new legislation and the creation of a register of approved doctors and patients by the HSE, are required before the drug will be available, the Department of Health said.

A spokeswoman said that sourcing approved and affordable cannabis was the “critical goal”.

Several people have been granted ministerial dispensation to be prescribed medicinal cannabis but they have to go abroad to obtain it.

Vera Twomey, from Aghabullogue, Co Cork, travels several times a year to the Transvaal clinic in The Hague to get medicine for her daughter Ava, who has a rare form of epilepsy known as Dravet syndrome. However, Dutch law prevents…

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