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Taking action Cannabis campaigner plants six plants near garda station 'in act of civil disobedience'

'Patients here in Ireland are still at the mercy of drug dealers who are not required to maintain a minimum standard of quality'


A cannabis rights campaigner in Cork has posted a video showing him planting six cannabis plants near the Bridewell Garda Station “in an act of civil disobedience”.

Martin Condon, who describes himself as a “dad of 2 and holds a BSc Hons in Herbal Science”, posted the video to his Martin’s World Facebook page.

Alongside the post he has written: “Planted some Cannabis plants on the Shandon footbridge near to the bridewell garda station in an act of civil disobedience to bring attention to the suffering caused by Cannabis prohibition.”

He also shares a link to an article that explains his motivations.

He has labelled the plants 'bring Alicia Home' and 'Call Vera' and used the hashtags #BringAliciaHome #talktovera in reference to Alicia Maher and Vera Twomey who have both benefitted from the drug.

Alicia moved from Ireland to Alicante in order to access the drug which she says has completely changed her life.

Once bed-bound and in severe pain, she is now writing a PhD in law.

Vera Twomey has been campaigning for access to medical cannabis for her severely epileptic daughter Ava, said it had saved her life.

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The cannabis was planted in 'act of disobedience'. FILE PHOTO

The cannabis was planted in 'act of disobedience'. FILE PHOTO

The cannabis was planted in 'act of disobedience'. FILE PHOTO

Ms Twomey said it is the only substance she has found which can control her daughter's seizures.

However, despite the introduction of the Government's medical cannabis access programme, Bedrocan, the medication Ava and other epileptic children have been getting from Holland for many years is not included on the list of sanctioned medications.

In the article, Mr Condon says there’s still a lot of suffering caused by the prohibition of cannabis here in Ireland

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"Patients here in Ireland are still at the mercy of drug dealers who are not required to maintain a minimum standard of quality,” he said

"The growing of the cannabis plant should not be a criminal matter and patients should have fair and effective access to cannabis as a medicine.

"That’s why I’m out, staging a little civil disobedience for these patients."

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