The School of Law hosted a symposium on the law and policy surrounding medical cannabis in Ireland on 21st September 2019. The event was organised by Alicia Maher, Dr John Lombard, and Gino Kenny TD. The event included speakers such as: Prof David Finn, Vera Twomey, Karen Gray, Hannah Deacon, Prof Mike Barnes, Dr Garrett McGovern, and Tom Curran.
The symposium heard that the medical cannabis access programme in Ireland is too restrictive and needs to be extended to include people who suffer with chronic pain.
Alicia Maher, a PHD student at the University of Limerick School of Law, who is researching the regulation of the drug, and who has suffered chronic pain herself for the past 13 years, said the biggest challenge now that the medicinal cannabis law has been passed, is widening access to it, particularly for those suffering long-term pain symptoms.
The event was very well attended and was reported on by RTE News – https://www.rte.ie/news/2019/0921/1077378-medical-cannabis-chronic-pain/