Weed event in Dublin
This happened last month, with a crowd of more than 1,000 people marching for cannabis reform in Dublin. This is the “Major Smoke Up Protest” which is a demonstration set up by a group of Irish supporters and activists.
The demonstrators were armed with bangs, joints and pipes to expose their desire to legalize cannabis for medical and recreational purposes. They therefore demand a democratization of the plant and a reduction of the stigma attached to it.
According to many patients on cannabis-based medical treatment, there is a real lack of official sources in the country leading to restricted access to this type of medication. They are then forced to travel to Spain to fill their cannabis prescriptions.
The legalization of medical cannabis has been introduced since June 2019, but its use is still not accepted by everyone’s eyes. Stephen Donnelly, Ireland’s Minister of Health, recently announced the launch of a pilot program that would allow access to medical cannabis over 5 years. The program would allow the consumption of oils containing 30 milligrams of THC.
This is a start for Ireland as the demonstration was accepted and not interrupted. This may possibly mean that the debate remains open with definite prospects of evolution.
The police were also present during the march to escort the demonstrators and ensure the safety of everyone. One activist spoke about their presence: “We were thrilled to hear that they didn’t feel the need to police it at the Major Smoke Up event, once the march was over, they left and allowed everyone in attendance to enjoy the festivities.”