How is the cannabis debate evolving in Ireland?
During the last 25 years, a series of profound changes have changed the way of life of Irish people. Regarding cannabis, only 43 requests from doctors wishing to prescribe this plant as a treatment for their patients have been filed since 2016. Last year, the government of Leo Varadkar said that he was considering decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of cannabis. What is the next step? the situation remains ambiguous.
There are still many differences within the government on the proposals, which have not yet been finalized. Here are the latest significant events:
A group of over 25 doctors have written a open letter, the 20 last May, expressing their fears about the increase in health problems related to cannabis use and raised major concerns about legalization.
The 24 may, 20 patients received authorization to use cannabis under the supervision of a consultant, after their doctors have applied for a special license and are ready to monitor its effects.
The Minister of Justice, Charlie Flanagan, expressed his concerns concerning any proposal to decriminalize personal possession of drugs.Minister of Health, Simon Harris, said that there was no plan to legalize cannabis in Ireland. Speaking to the Health Committee of the Irish Parliament, Harris said he wanted to clarify the situation in these terms: "There is no plan to legalize cannabis or any other illegal drug in this country."
Minister of Health, Simon Harris, said that there was no plan to legalize cannabis in Ireland. Speaking to the Health Committee of the Irish Parliament, Harris said he wanted to clarify the situation in these terms: "There is no plan to legalize cannabis or any other illegal drug in this country."
Former President of the Irish Medical Organization, Dr. Ray Walley supporter "anti legalization," said during a radio show "Legalization has led to increased consumption in some countries, such as Canada, in America, where states have legalized it" Ireland should introduce better access to medicinal cannabis.
The Irish Times in a letter written to 20 doctors acknowledged that Ireland was "drowsing" in legalization.
Minister responsible for the National Anti-Drug Strategy, Catherine Byrne, was put at the head of a working group set up in 2017 to examine alternative approaches to possession of drugs. The working group was set up after the Oireachtas Justice Committee visited Portugal in 2015 to see the impact of the country's decriminalization policy. The committee recommended that a similar approach be introduced in Ireland. To date, this group has still not been able to produce an agreed report on the issue.
There are so many restrictions on how Ireland studies the benefits of cannabis that it is difficult to make progress. However, there are some benefits to legalizing cannabis, such as reducing crime associated with millions of tax revenues. The Irish remain attentive to the evolution of these latest data but the results do not seem very positive.