Irish Parliament Considers Legislation to Legalize Cannabis for Personal Use

Irish Parliament Considers Legislation to Legalize Cannabis for Personal Use
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<![CDATA[Ireland has become the latest European country to consider legislation to legalize some form of adult-use cannabis.RELATED: German Health Minister Presents Cannabis Legalization Plans to Government OfficialsThe Irish Parliament, called the Oireachtas, plans to take up a bill introduced by Gino Kenny, a member parliament from the People Before Profit party, according to a Forbes report.The legislation would allow adults 18 and older to possess up to 7 grams of cannabis or 2.5 grams of cannabis resin for personal use, the news outlet reported. Viewed largely as a decriminalization bill, the legislation would not tee up commercial cannabis cultivation or sales, according to Forbes, nor would it allow the cultivation of cannabis for personal use.“The bill is quite moderate,” Kenny said during the debate in the lower house of the Irish Parliament, called the Dáil Éireann, according to Forbes. “It amends existing legislation that dates back 42 years. Forty-two years is a very long time. I believe the existing legislation is out of date and out of time. We need a different narrative around drug reform.” Debate on the bill is expected to continue into early next year, Forbes reported, and if ultimately approved, the legislation will amend the Misuse of Drugs Act that took effect in 1977. The bill could face opposition from the Irish government; the current coalition between Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and the Green party has not held a favorable stance on cannabis policy reform, according to the news outlet.Taoiseach Micheál Martin, Ireland’s Prime Minister, has also expressed concerns about cannabis use, particularly as it relates to youth, Forbes reported.“I think we have to be careful that we don’t glamorize cannabis either because there are real concerns within the health community and the medical community about what cannabis can do to young people,” Martin said during…

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