Fresh moves to reform Ireland’s cannabis laws a welcome ‘first step’

Fresh moves to reform Ireland’s cannabis laws a welcome ‘first step’
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After a decade of limited progress on drug policy in Ireland, discussion around the decriminalisation of cannabis consumers is welcome. A new bill to decriminalise the possession of cannabis for personal use is due to be put before the Irish Dáil [parliament] in the coming weeks. The movement, being brought forward by the People before Profit party, which is led by Dublin Mid-West TD, Gino Kenny, will mark the first time in 10 years that a bill has sought to overhaul the Misuse of Drugs Act 1977. The bill will see an amendment to the Act to decriminalise personal possession of cannabis for up to 7g, or 2.5g of resin.  Mr Kenny, a prominent advocate for more liberal cannabis laws, told Irish news outlet, The Journal, the bill was a ‘stepping stone’ towards a fully regulated market. Very soon People Before Profit will bring forward an amendment to the Misuse of Drugs legislation. The Cannabis Regulation Bill 22 will decriminalise cannabis for personal use. It will be the first time in 10 years that a bill seeks to amend progressively the MUDA.Time for Change— Gino Kenny TD (@Ginosocialist) November 10, 2022https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js However, as the party is in opposition, the bill is unlikely to pass without the support of the sitting government. Natalie O’Regan, a legal researcher and drug policy advocate in Ireland, welcomed the bill, but was wary that the main political parties might not be as keen for reform. “The introduction of the bill is a welcome step in cannabis reform in Ireland, which has remained stale for the last number of years. Although it does not address many other issues such as the cultivation or sale of cannabis, removing the criminalisation of cannabis consumers is the first important step of a much larger issue,” she commented. “While government…

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