Pot plants are being grown in gardens at a farm in the west of Ireland as growers prepare for a new set of cultivation rules.
The Government is also considering a further set of guidelines for growers and the issue of where pot plants can be planted.
The Irish Times understands that the new legislation will see the cultivation of herb pots, also known as cannabis trees, and herb stalks, both of which are now considered legal under the legislation.
Farmers can grow up to two plants per hectare (2,000 square metres) and will be allowed to sell and consume their products at home.
The rules also mean that the amount of marijuana available for sale can no longer be restricted to just five grams a day.
The Irish Farmers’ Union (IFU) is urging the Government to reconsider this move and is currently in talks with the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine.
“I’m not going to get into the details of how it will be implemented.
It’s a bit of a grey area.
It will be the new laws which will take effect in June, 2019,” said IFU National Director Mick Daly.
“We are in the process of discussing with the Department of Agriculture, who will then be in a position to make a final decision.
It has the potential to be the biggest change to cannabis in Ireland since prohibition ended in 1973.”
The Government’s move will not be welcomed by all farmers.
It is likely to further damage the existing industry and make it harder to grow and sell a range of products, including coffee, alcohol, tea, and even meat.
“We believe that the existing laws will have a detrimental impact on Irish growers, as well as on the farmers who are now left without a viable business model.”
The new rules will also allow for the growing of more cannabis in the country than is currently allowed, although farmers will still need to obtain a licence from the Garda.
It will also be legal to grow cannabis for personal use and for medicinal purposes.
The new guidelines will apply to growers, processors and retailers.
It will be regulated by the Agriculture and Fisheries Authority (AGFA), which is responsible for regulating the farming sector and has previously regulated the sale of cannabis for medical purposes.
Currently, only a few farmers in the Republic can grow more than five plants, but under the new regulations the number will be doubled to eight.
The Government has also announced that it is considering a similar approach for cannabis products, and is likely also to consider a ban on the sale and consumption of cannabis.
The government will also need to consider the best way to address the growing demand for cannabis for medicinal use.
In November, Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly said that the Government was considering new measures to address concerns that cannabis was being misused for illegal purposes.
Mr Kelly said the new rules would help to ensure that the cannabis available to consumers was in line with existing guidelines.
“There are certain issues which the new regime will address.
It’ll take time to see how it works, and it’s a good idea for us to wait for all the details to be worked out,” he said.”
But I would not be surprised to see a ban or some restrictions on cannabis, particularly for medical use.”
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