Possession of small quantities of drugs could be decriminalised

National Drugs Strategy will govern approach to substance abuse through 2020

The possession of small quantities of drugs including heroin, cocaine and cannabis for personal use could be decriminalised under proposals being announced by the Government on Monday.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Minister for Health Simon Harris and Minister of State for Drugs Catherine Byrne are to publish the National Drugs Strategy, which will govern the official approach to substance abuse through 2020.

The strategy will confirm the establishment of a working group to assess alternatives to criminal convictions for minor drug possession. It will be tasked with exploring the approaches taken in other jurisdictions and reviewing current legislation applying to simple possession offences.

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