The Minister thanked the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) and the members of the Expert Review Group for their work on this report which he described as a “milestone” in the development of policy on medicinal cannabis.
“This report marks a significant milestone in developing policy in this area. This is something I am eager to progress but I am also obligated to proceed on the basis of the best clinical advice.
“The report notes that this is ultimately a societal and policy decision and I have decided to proceed with the advice of the HPRA and establish an access programme for cannabis-based treatments for certain conditions, where patients have not responded to other treatments and there is some evidence that cannabis may be effective,” Mr Harris said.
The HPRA report advised that, if a policy decision is taken to permit cannabis under an access programme, it should be for the treatment …
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