Cllr O'Connell calls for IMC research
Cllr Oisin O'Connell's motion calling on the Irish Medical Council to conduct research into the therapeutic, palliative and pain relief potential of cannabidiol-type chemicals and derivatives was passed by his fellow councillors.
Cllr O'Connell made the request with a view as to whether these can be recommended for licensing, import and prescription. In his motion, he also demanded that the Minister of Health and all legislators of the Oireachtas, expedite any such medical recommendations made by the IMC in future. He requested that state agencies show a common sense and compassionate attitude in the interim period.
Cllr O'Connell said that there are already medications given over the counter in pill form derived from substances such as opium. He said that if information shows that pills made from cannabidiol-type chemicals and derivatives is of medical use, doctors and nurses should be able to prescribe them.