Roscommon Senator Frank Feighan has welcomed a 5 year pilot programme allowing access to cannabis-based products for medical use.

The Medicinal Cannabis Access programme was launched yesterday by the Minister for Health, Simon Harris after signing legislation for its operation.

The Fine Gael senator says it’s a significant milestone and he is pleased that the Minister has launched the programme, which will help the lives of many families across the country.

The scheme will allow access to medical cannabis for patients with the following conditions: Spasticity associated with multiple sclerosis; Intractable nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy and severe, refractory (treatment-resistant) epilepsy.

On announcing the pilot scheme, Minister Harris said it will ultimately be the decision of the medical consultant, in consultation with their patient, to prescribe a particular treatment, including a cannabis-based treatment, for a patient under their care.

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