Vera’s cannabis legislation call as she receives award


portal_normal EE STRUCTURE orgcat: /PUBLICATIONS/EE-ECHO/NEWS portal_normal PUBLICATION STRUCTURE cat: /publications/ee-echo/news portal_normal STRUCTURE section: corknews portal_normal getPortalURL: portal_normal domain: STRUCTURE EE_062016_general_layout.tpl – url: /corknews/Veras-cannabis-legislation-call-as-she-receives-award-24cf9f7a-3afe-4138-a908-a967707b092c-ds STRUCTURE EE_062016_general_layout.tpl – section: corknews STRUCTURE EE_062016_general_layout.tpl – orgcat: orgcat = /PUBLICATIONS/EE-ECHO/NEWS CORK mother, Vera Twomey, was awarded a People of the Year Award in Dublin last night and used her speech to call on Taoiseach Leo Varadkar directly to legislate for medicinal cannabis. Vera and her eight-year-old daughter, Ava Barry, rose to national prominence during a two-and-a-half-year national campaign to secure medicinal cannabis to treat Ava’s condition called Dravet Syndrome, which causes severe, dangerous and frequent seizures, sometimes up to 500 a month. Following a persistent campaign, Vera’s lobbying efforts finally bore fruit with Ava being issued with a special license to allow her access to medicinal cannabis in Ireland Vera Twomey believes the Government now needs to legislate and put a framework in place for the prescribing of medicinal cannabis to ensure that other families do not have to go through the same ordeal as her. Vera made the plea after being presented with the award by Olympic medallist Rob Heffernan. “This award is supposed to be for extraordinary people. But we were just ordinary people put in an extraordinary situation where we had to fight to get what Ava needed,” she said. Vera’s cannabis legislation call as she receives award

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