According to a report by BBC on November 19, the first legal medical cannabis e-cigarette store in Northern Ireland has opened in Ballyclare.
The e-cigarette lounge “Stay Medicated,” currently owned by Allen Robinson, is situated in a high-end café in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. In this establishment, medical cannabis patients openly consume marijuana while enjoying their morning coffee, with 227 members legally permitted to use medical marijuana on the premises.
This initiative provides a safe and legal option for patients who rely on illegal channels to obtain marijuana medication.
According to statistics, between the end of 2018 and 2022, a total of over 140,000 medical cannabis prescriptions were issued by 31 private clinics in the UK. However, in Northern Ireland, less than five patients under the National Health Service (NHS) have been granted qualification for medical cannabis prescriptions.