O'Brien, Jonathan

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

Cannabis for Medicinal Use Regulation Bill 2016 Report: Motion [Private Members] (Continued)

That is disingenuous now.More Button

Deputy Barry is wrong.More Button

The only people who did not do a U-turn was Solidarity-PBP; it compromised.More Button

What, compromisation?More Button

I will call a halt to it now in a minute.More Button

Not true.More Button

Not at all.More Button

No. The email that I got from Deputy Coppinger's colleague changed our minds, not public pressure.More Button

It took one email and a couple of conversations that Deputy Coppinger's group was not ready to have.More Button

The reason we have decided to support the amendment to the motion to allow the Bill to go to Committee Stage is because we sat down with Deputies Kenny and Boyd Barrett last week. In fairness to b...More Button

Deputy Kenny has always said that he is willing to work with others within the House to address these concerns. Last Tuesday week, we put four particular concerns to Deputies Kenny and Boyd Barr...More Button

The sponsors of the Bill showed a willingness to work on the aspects which we felt fell outside its purpose, that is, to provide medicinal cannabis. Some of the issues we raised concerned Parts ...More Button

One asked employers to review current drug-free workplace policies. A second considered research for recreational use. A third referred to patients as consumers. A fourth referred to methods of...More Button

Another unintended consequence of the Bill which we wish to highlight is that as it is currently drafted, somebody who has a criminal conviction for the sale and supply of cannabis could obtain a...More Button

Legislative Programme

This question asks when the Data Sharing and Governance Bill will be published and the Minister to indicate the number of the staff in the Department tasked with drafting it. I accept that this is...More Button

A number of concerns were raised during the pre-legislative scrutiny stage. In particular, some concerns were raised by Digital Rights Ireland, which is expert in the area. One of the concerns wa...More Button

Legislative Programme (Continued)

The Minister of State will be aware that there are 15 or possibly 17 sitting days before Christmas. It would be beneficial to have Second Stage completed before then. If we could have the Bill pu...More Button