The world’s second largest cannabis company predicts the expected opening up of the medicinal market may see up to 50,000 Irish patients being prescribed cannabis within four years. Canadian company Aurora Cannabis is lobbying the State to become an approved supplier of medicinal cannabis. Its efforts here are being led by Dubliner Shane Morris, who is known amongst his peers in the Canadian industry as “Peppermint Paddy”, due to his role in developing cannabis mints.
The Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohoe, has said it is up to the European Commission to comment on any investigations they may be considering, as he declined to comment on reports that Brussels is scrutinising Google’s tax arrangements in Ireland. He was speaking to Suzanne Lynch in Washington where finance ministers and central bank governors finished the spring meetings of the IMF in a positive mood, saying that global growth was likely to “firm up” in coming months, leading to an improved outlook in 2020.