Henry McDonald “Ireland to legalise cannabis for specific medical conditions” https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/feb/10/ireland-legalise-cannabis-specific-medical-conditions-multiple-sclerosis-epilepsy-chemotherapy-safety-fears-drug
The Irish health minister, Simon Harris, said he would support the use of medical cannabis “where patients have not responded to other treatments and there is some evidence that cannabis may be effective”.
The report said cannabis could be given to patients with a range of illnesses including multiple sclerosis and severe epilepsy, and to offset the effects of chemotherapy.
“I believe this report marks a significant milestone in developing policy in this area,” Harris said. “This is something I am eager to progress but I am also obligated to proceed on the basis of the best clinical advice.”
Last November, Harris asked Ireland’s Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) to examine the latest evidence on cannabis for medical use and how schemes to facilitate this operate in other countries.
The study found “an absence of scientific data demonstrating the effectiveness of cannabis products” and warned of “insufficient information on [the drug’s] safety during long-term use for the treatment of chronic medical conditions”.
“The scientific evidence supporting the effectiveness of cannabis across a large range of medical conditions is in general poor, and often conflicting,” it added.
However, it added that any decision on legalising use of cannabis was ultimately for society and the government to make.
“Mexico President Pena Nieto proposes relaxing marijuana laws” http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-36107947 *2
大麻を含むドラッグの非犯罪化を呼びかける「薬物政策国際委員会（The Global Commission on Drug Policy）」の報告については、
Amanda Holpuch “It's time to decriminalize drugs, commission report says” https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/nov/21/decriminalize-drugs-un-commission-drug-policy-report *3
Jessica Glenza “Most marijuana medicinal benefits are inconclusive, wide-ranging study finds” https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/jan/12/marijuana-study-benefits-chemotherapy-pain-multiple-sclerosis
*1:See eg. https://www.mssociety.org.uk/what-is-ms https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multiple_sclerosis https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E5%A4%9A%E7%99%BA%E6%80%A7%E7%A1%AC%E5%8C%96%E7%97%87 また緯度と多発性硬化症の関係について、Nicola Davis “Age of onset for multiple sclerosis 'linked to distance from equator'” https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/nov/03/age-of-onset-for-multiple-sclerosis-linked-to-distance-from-equator
*2:Mentioned in http://d.hatena.ne.jp/sumita-m/20160423/1461396261
*3:Mentioned in http://d.hatena.ne.jp/sumita-m/20161125/1480047712