JAN. 2019 - BLIND MAN ASKS TO BE CHARGED WITH CANNABIS POSSESSION TO CHALLENGE LAW (IRELAND)
man who has had both his eyes removed due to glaucoma has handed
himself into gardaí with a quantity of herbal cannabis in a protest
designed to challenge the law regarding the use of the drug for
Fitzsimons (30) has been blind for the last five years and believes
that by being prosecuted for possession he may be able to avail of
free legal aid in order to test legislation.
confiscated the substance and issued him with a formal caution. Once
a test confirms it is cannabis,
Mr Fitzsimons is expected to receive
a summons to attend court.
am delighted; it went really well,” he said after emerging from the
Fitzsimons said he had discovered as a teenager the medicinal effects
of the drug and believes it should be made available to others.
and more studies show that cannabis can be used and is used and it’s
the best form of treatment for it,” he claimed. “I also found out
it’s an anti-inflammatory.
older I got the more certain I became of it. I remember saying this
to people and all they would say is, ‘that’s illegal’.”
said that while people he spoke to dismissed cannabis as a
recreational drug, he had been given prescription pain killers that
took him six months to come off when he had his second eye removed
five years ago.
he says, he uses it to help alleviate occasional phantom pains.