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Ireland: People Before Profit wants to change legislation to allow adult use of cannabis



The Dáil Éireann, or Irish Assembly, in Dublin. Photo: DR | sunday times

The Irish political party People Before Profit will present within two weeks a bill that intends to change the current legislation on the possession of cannabis, the "Law on Misuse of Drugs", advanced the report. The Journal<img draggable="false" role="img" class="emoji" alt="" src=""> Despite being relatively simple, the proposal envisages legalizing the possession of up to 7 grams of cannabis, but will still have to pass approval by the Dáil, the Irish Assembly or Lower House, which is made up of 160 members. 

According to statements by People Before Profit deputy, Gino Kenny, to The Journal, the bill aims to end the criminalization of cannabis for personal use. “People Before Profit wants full regulation, but this is a stepping stone to that. This bill will make it legal for anyone to possess up to 7 grams of cannabis.”

The bill is quite succinct and does not yet make reference to the cultivation of cannabis.
Gino Kenny explained that, for now, the bill will test the government in terms of a health-led harm reduction approach, citing the examples of Malta or Luxembourg. “It is legally permissible to present this bill under European law,” he said, adding that the time has come to have a discussion on drug reform in Ireland, particularly on personal use. “The only impediment is that the government can try to block it from now on, but we hope to have a good discussion on the matter”, commented the deputy to the Irish newspaper.

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