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The Irish Farmers Association want the law changed to allow them to grow medicinal cannabis. Recreational use of the drug is banned in the country, but special licenses can be granted for its medicinal use. The IFA say the tillage sector has declined by around 20% over the past couple of years and farmers want options to diversify. The group wants to meet with the Department of Health to discuss the possibility of changing laws so they can produce ‘industrial hemp, CBD oil and medicinal cannabis’. However, the group insists there would be limits in place.
On Tuesday’s Morning Focus, Gavin Grace spoke to National Horticulture Executive for the IFA, Pat Farrell.