Minister of State for Health Alex White to Introduce Proposals Next Year to Legalise Cannabis Based Medicine.
In a written Dáil response issued to Mr Flanagan, Minister of State for Health Alex White said he hoped to bring legislative proposals early next year to make cannabis-based medicinal products available on prescription.
Mr Flanagan said, “This should not be taking as long as it is. The Government should hurry up on this as there are people going through hell out there being not able to get the proper pain relief.”
Independent TD Luke “Ming” Flanagan, has campaigned for many years for medicinal cannabis to be available on prescription for cancer and multiple sclerosis sufferers, and others suffering from ill-health,
Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore announced his pick this afternoon, and said Mr White’s appointment will be formally ratified by Cabinet next Tuesday.
The appointment will also boost Mr White’s chances of survival in the ‘group of death’ Dublin South constituency, which drops from a five seater to a three seater at the next general election.
Mr White is a senior counsel specialising in employment and Labour law, and worked as an RTE radio producer for ten years before qualifying as a barrister in 1994. His time with RTE included a four year stint on the ‘Gay Byrne Show’.