by Grainne Kenny, Honorary President of Europe Against Drugs., posted 11 03 2019
False medical dawn
There is a growing push among certain political groups in the Dáil (most noticably People Before Profit) for the legalisation of cannabis both for ‘medical’ and recreational purposes. While the cannabis plant does have potential
for medical use, experts have repeatedly warned of the potential dangers of the long-term implications.Studies are still ongoing. Thalidomide serves as a warning in this regard. Our policy makers must be clear that ‘first we must do no harm’. We cannot play around with sick and vulnerable people for political gain. Policy makers have a duty of care to our young generation in relation to the mental health damages of this insidious drug. We are only too well aware from newspaper reports of our high suicide rate in this group. Vested interests here who are growing cannabis for CBD oil are
busy lobbying the media in this regard. They are making ludicrous claims on its magical properties. The WHO and UN are also warning about the safety of this oil, which always contains a small amount of tetrahydrocannabinol (the principal psychoactive constituent of cannabis) for efficacy. It is being re-evaluated in the US. It is vital that we hear what experts are telling us and not be taken in by snake oil salesmen. The physical and mental health of the nation depends on it.
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