Gardaí has removed suspected cannabis plants that were placed in front of Cork City Hall by an activist campaigning for an end to the ban.
Martin Condon said thatthat he has six specimens of cannabis next to the iconic building just a few meters from Cork’s largest Garda station in Angelsea St.
He placed small signs next to the plants with the hashtag #BringAliciaHome.
Alicia Maher moved to Spain for access to affordable medical cannabis to treat her chronic pain after experiencing serious complications after her tonsils were removed as a teenager. She is currently writing a doctorate in law on the regulation of medicinal cannabis in Ireland.
“It is important that we are down here highlighting the suffering caused by the ban on cannabis,” said Condon in a video posted on his Facebook page, Martin’s World.
“Alicia Maher is a girl from Cork who had to leave her home because there was no access to cannabis here. She lives in exile over in Alicante, a refugee from medical cannabis.
“The big challenge that lies ahead is getting Alicia Maher home,” he said:
On Mr Condon’s last guerrilla cannabis planting expedition at the Shandon Footbridge in the city center, he also used another hashtag, #TalkToVera, to highlight the cause of Vera Twomey and her daughter Ava.
Ava Twomey had a government license to obtain her prescribed medical cannabis product Bedrocan from the Netherlands to control her severe epilepsy.
The family said they had to pay nearly 10,000 euros for their prescription every three months and could then be reimbursed by the state. Ms. Twomey said the process was terribly difficult, stressful and unfair.
But just this week, Health Secretary Stephen Donnelly announced that Ms. Twomey and 16 other families in their predicament would now have the state prepaid for their medical cannabis.
Mr Condon welcomed the news on video – but said very few patients fit into the state’s limited and “poor” categories of access to medicinal cannabis.
He said that people prescribed cannabis should not have to exhaust all other medications before prescribing medicinal cannabis as a last resort. He also encouraged other people to “get out there” and plant cannabis plants as well.
“I will continue to participate in this civil disobedience campaign until patients have effective access to cannabis and this ban is over,” he said.
In a statement to the, Gardaí confirmed that they had removed the plants.
“Gardaí removed suspected cannabis plants from Cork City’s Anglesea Street on Wednesday,” confirmed gardaí.
“The confiscated plants have been sent for analysis and the investigation is ongoing.”