Possession of up to 7g of cannabis could be legalized according to proposals contained in a new bill before the Oireachtas.
eople Before Profit TD Gino Kenny is set to release new legislation Thursday that will help decriminalize cannabis.
The bill will not be tabled in the Dáil until Thursday, and then it will be up to government TDs to decide whether to support it.
If it gets their backing, it would be adopted and it is expected that a vote and debate on the new legislation will take place early in the new year.
The bill proposes to amend the Misuse of Drugs Act 1977 to allow a person over the age of 18 to possess either or both cannabis or cannabis resin for personal use, each not exceeding 7g.
Mr Kenny said the ban on cannabis has only benefited the black market.
“The ban has enriched a small number of people through the black market,” he said.
“The cannabis market is controlled by the black market. It’s time for another story. Criminalizing people for petty possession of cannabis doesn’t work. It doesn’t work and amplifies the problem.
“Putting people through the criminal justice system ends up putting some people on criminal records and I don’t know what purpose that serves.”
While cannabis is used worldwide to treat a number of different conditions, including epilepsy, TD says it’s currently “very difficult” to get a prescription for it.
“The state has recognized cannabis as a medical intervention. Cannabis has medicinal properties and recreational properties and these two should not be mixed.
“I think we need to do something differently; Stop criminalization and eventually legalize cannabis.”
Deputy Health Secretary Frank Feighan, who is in charge of drug strategy, said Gardaí should have the power to warn, rather than prosecute, people with severe addiction to drugs like ecstasy or cocaine.
Mr Feighan said he believed it was in the public interest to avoid prosecuting those with serious mental health or addiction problems.
Since 2020, Gardaí have had the power to issue warnings rather than prosecution to those caught using cannabis for personal use.
A town hall meeting on drugs will also be held next year.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/politics/people-would-be-able-to-have-up-to-7g-of-cannabis-without-fear-of-prosecution-new-bill-to-come-before-dail-42168401.html People could have up to 7g of cannabis without fear of prosecution – new law is set to be brought before the Dáil