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“Osagie was arrested and made certain admissions. He said he had it for medical needs and used to use it for making soup,” Garda William Hosford reportedly said. He was charged with possession.
In court, defence senior counsel Elizabeth O’Connell explained that Osagie readily told police that the paste was mixed with beans and was used in food.
But Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin was unmoved by the cooking argument, remarking on Osagie’s attitude before imposing a sentence of two years in jail, with the last year suspended. He was also disqualified from driving for four years, since his vehicle was used to carry the drug.
“It was very knowingly done and with a curious sense of entitlement that he had it for medicine slash food value slash ‘this is what I do’,” Judge Ó Donnabháin said, according to EchoLive.
An incident in India this summer was another example of cooking plans gone bad when a family of six was sent to hospital after preparing food with what they believed was dried methi leaves. But the packet of dried “methi”, meant for some aloo-methi, was really dried cannabis leaves.
In Ireland, recreational cannabis is illegal, as per the Misuse of Drugs Act. Under the act, “any person found in possession of cannabis or a cannabis derivative is guilty of an offence,” according to The Greenfund. “Distinctions are made between possession for personal use and possession with intent to supply; and the punishments reflect this,” adds Sensi Seeds.
Ireland does have a Medical Cannabis Access Programme, which was launched in June 2019 on a pilot basis for five years. Only products listed in Schedule 1 of the related regulations are approved under the program.
Medical cannabis is only an option when a patient has failed to respond to standard treatment for spasticity associated with multiple sclerosis; intractable nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy, and severe, refractory (treatment-resistant) epilepsy, according to the country’s Department of Health.