Tuesday, May 01, 2018

By James Fogarty

A South Roscommon man fighting brain cancer and campaigning for improved access to medicinal cannabis has had a quantity of the drug seized by revenue.

Now the Taoiseach and minister for health are being urged to intervene so Ballyforan resident Kenny Tynan can get his laboratory produced THC-based medicine, worth almost €500, back.

He had been receiving treatment at the Kalapa Clinic in Spain, which specialises in medicinal cannabis treatments, and which Mr Tynan said was working well for him. However, he said he could not risk returning to Spain with his condition, and warned that without this medicine, his disease could return aggressively.

“I will now face having to purchase readily available sub-par medicine on the black market if I want to live. This should not be the case. An unjust law is no law at all,” said Mr Tynan in an open letter to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister Simon Harris on his Facebook page.

“I hope you can see the sense of this matter, and return my medicine, not just for my sake, but the sake of my family. They have been through enough already.” He called on them to intervene, “as this is a matter of urgency, and my life is at stake. Please do the right thing”.

As a married man and father of four, he said he was well and healthy and defying the odds. “I am not ready to die yet.”

A protest on the issue is being organised in Athlone, the hometown of Mr Tynan for this coming Sunday, May 6th. It will start at 3 p.m. at Athlone Castle.

For more on this story, see this week’s edition of the Roscommon Herald

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