A 45-year-old man caught cultivating cannabis at his home in Kanturk has been jailed for one year as the sentencing judge said he was not going to sanction the man’s belief that cannabis was a useful medication for him.
Two men said to have “played an integral part in the distribution of cannabis throughout Ireland” have had their original prison sentences more than doubled by the Court of Appeal, following an appeal by prosecutors.
Just as legalising cannabis, even medicinal cannabis, is still regarded in some quarters as proof that the barbarians are at the gates, the legalisation of contraception — the first of many loosing laws — was seen in that light too.
Stephen Sarsfield (aged 39), of New Street Gardens, Dublin 8, pleaded guilty to possessing €4,170,932 of cannabis and heroin for sale or supply at an address on Ballyfermot Drive, on July 17, 2017.
When Health Minister Simon Harris recently signed legislation to allow for the operation of the Medical Cannabis Access Programme on a five-year pilot basis, he opened the door wider for an emerging sector which has significant potential to create jobs and a new revenue stream for the Government’s coffers.
A mother who said she felt like a criminal after security at Dublin Airport seized her son's THC medicinal cannabis last December has described the new legislation for access to such products as "life-changing".