The Cannabis for Medicinal Use Regulation Bill was put forward by People Before Profit TD, Gino Kenny, to make cannabis available as a medicinal product for individuals who receive certification from a registered doctor.
“The bill is as much about decriminalising the use of cannabis as it is about promoting it for medicinal use,” the committee states.
After receiving legal advice, the committee decided that amending the bill was not an option — the numerous amendments would be “an onerous undertaking”.
The bill was referred to the Select Committee on Health by the Dáil last December, for a detailed examination, before it proceeded to committee stage.
In its report, the committee said that a proposal to establish a Cannabis Regulatory Authority would undermine the current regulatory framework for medicine in the State.
Source: Evelyn Ring, The Irish Examiner, 14/07/17