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Fri
04
Dec

New type of cannabis emerges that is said to make users 'more violent'

The Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald says the effects of a new strain of cannabis are still unknown.

She was responding to a Déil question from Deputy Finian McGrath who asked if she is aware of a new variant of the drug which is said to make people more violent.

Minister Fitzgerald said there has been an emergence of new synthetic cannabinoid substances, both here and abroad, which present key challenges for international and national control mechanisms.

She also said a new Bill is currently being prepared to strengthen the Misuse of Drugs Act, to clarify the provisions under which Ministerial orders and regulations are made, and which will facilitate the further controlling of new psychoactive substances when deemed necessary.

Tue
01
Dec

Mind and meaning: Decriminalising Drugs in Ireland

The Minister of State for the National Drugs Strategy Aodhán Ó Ríordáin is considering decriminalising heroin, cocaine and cannabis. In other words, possessing small amounts for personal use will no longer be an offence.

Recently the Justice, Defence and Equality committee heard evidence from various stakeholders on this issue. A number of groups working in the frontline gave evidence. Most were in favour of the measure and Portugal was held up as the model we should aspire to.

Two psychiatrist colleagues working at the coal face of the drug problem are Dr. Eamonn Keenan and Dr. Gerry McCarney, and they gave important evidence to the Committee as representative of the Irish Hospital Consultants Association.

Fri
27
Nov

Ireland: Should we legalise or decriminalise cannabis?

he recent report from the Oireachtas Justice Committee on the proposed decriminalisation of certain drug use is timely and important (“Minor drug use ‘should not be criminalised’”, November 5th).

Fri
27
Nov

Can Marijuana Help You Quit Cigarettes? Study Says Yes

Marijuana may contain a chemical that can help fight cigarette addiction, according to new research out of Britain.

Researchers at the University College London found that a non-psychoactive chemical in marijuana, cannabidiol (CBD), given via inhaler could significantly reduce the number of cigarettes consumed by smokers that wanted to quit.

Celia Morgan, Ph.D, who co-authored the study, explained that CBD may help in a number of ways. One way could be how it affects memories, or cues, that underlie the desire to smoke.

Tue
24
Nov

‘I found that nothing worked, except cannabis’: Who are Ireland’s marijuana users?

THIS WEEK STEPHEN Whiteley has been in court.

After a hearing on Thursday in Castlebar, Co Mayo, he was made to pay a fine of €250 for the possession of cannabis, and another €500 fine for the cultivation.

“I can’t complain too much, because she could have done me for a lot worse,” Whiteley said, “I don’t think [the judge] had much leeway to do much other than what she did.”

This happens everyday in courts around the country.

What makes it different is Whiteley’s condition.

“In 2009 I bent down to get into a car, and I was hit by the most incredible pain. I locked up completely. Totally unable to move for 20 minutes,” he told TheJournal.ie. 

Mon
16
Nov

Ireland: Police back proposal decriminalising possession of heroin, cocaine and cannabis

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin proposed a 'massive cultural shift' in moving towards decriminalising possession of small quantities of certain narcotics

Police officers in Ireland have backed a proposal to decriminalise the possession of heroin, cocaine and cannabis for personal use no longer.

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, chief of Ireland’s National Drugs Strategy, said Ireland will move towards decriminalising possession of small quantities of certain narcotics as part of a "radical cultural shift".

He argued attitudes to drugs must move away from shaming users and instead focus on helping them.

Wed
11
Nov

A 'cannabis grinder' mistaken for revolver sparked lockdown at Ireland's largest prison

A cannabis grinder mistaken for a revolver hidden above a door sparked a massive security lockdown at Ireland's largest prison.

Mountjoy Prison was subjected to the lockdown this afternoon after inmates had their lunch.

An item - which was feared to be revolver - was found above a door in a 'service area' of the prison.

This area is not frequented by the prison population, and no cells are located there.

It was initially feared that a revolver and a quantity of ammunition was found.

This sparked a lockdown of Mountjoy Prison as staff conducted a full search of the complex.

Tue
10
Nov

Pressure in Scotland to adopt Irish 'radical shift' to decriminalisation of drugs

Scotland must start the debate on decriminalising drugs, say MSPs, government advisers and campaigners

SCOTLAND must start the debate on decriminalising drugs, campaigners, MSPs and former government advisers have said.

The call follows an announcement by the Irish government that it plans a “radical culture shift” which will see possession of drugs decriminalised in ordered to focus on offering helping to addicts and users rather than punishing them with criminal convictions and prison.

As the call came, the Scottish Government also told the Sunday Herald that it was reaffirming its wish for Holyrood to take responsibility over drug laws, which are currently reserved to Westminster.

Thu
05
Nov

Joint Committee report calls for drugs to be decriminalised in Ireland

Minister Aodhán Ó Ríordáin & his colleagues want to adopt the Portugeuse "treat not punish" model

Minister Aodhán Ó Ríordáin promised Hot Press in May that he’d be pushing the drugs agenda as hard as possible and has duly delivered with the publication today of the Joint Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality Report of the Committee on a Harm Reducing and Rehabilitative approach to possession of small amounts of illegal drugs.

Thu
05
Nov

Ireland: Most men think decriminalising drugs is a good idea – but women aren’t so sure

The government is considering decriminalising the possession of a small amount of drugs like heroin, cannabis and cocaine.

NEARLY HALF OF people in Ireland are against the proposal to no longer make it a criminal offence for a person to possess a small amount of drugs for personal use, according to a new poll.

However, there is significantly stronger backing for the idea among men with 51% favouring the decriminalisation idea compared to 35% of women.

The findings of the Claire Byrne Live/Amárach Research poll show that 43% of all people favour decriminalisation, while 46% are against it. Eleven per cent said they don’t know.

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