Medical cannabis is being introduced in Ireland on a 5-year pilot program.
The program means commercial operators whose products meet the specified requirements can supply to the Irish market.
Work on the program began two years ago when an examination into medical cannabis by the Health Products Regulatory Authority was conducted.
If the legislation is signed by the Minister for Health Simon Harris, medical consultants can prescribe cannabis-based treatments.
Medical cannabis is known to treat problems like multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, and those with nausea during chemotherapy.
As it stands, it is illegal to use medicinal cannabis for medical reasons over here but a patient’s consultant can apply to the Minister for Health for a licence on a case by case basis.
Support for the bill is high with polls saying 81% of voters are in favour of it being passed.
Although older voters are less likely to support the issue, 73% are still in approval.
Studies show that 20% of the population suffers from a chronic illness, so this bill could help many.