Cannabis-based medicines will be legal by next week, says Minister

New laws allowing cannabis-based medicines to be prescribed in Ireland for the first time could be in place as early as tomorrow.

Junior Health Minister Alex White says the laws will be signed early next week, if not before then.

The change will allow doctors to prescribe drugs like Sativex to patients to relieve the pain from conditions like multiple sclerosis.

The drug has already been approved by the Health Products Regulatory Authority and Minister White says it will be legal very soon.

"If it doesn't happen by the end of this week, and I'm going to endeavour to do everything in my power to ensure that it could be done this week, there are one or two issues that just needed to be ironed out of a legal nature, I'm hopeful we can do it this week, if not I expect early next week and that's how imminent it is," he said.

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