drugs



Government unveils 'significant reforms' to drug possession but rejects decriminalisation

The Government has announced what it calls "significant reforms" to the possession of drugs for personal use in Ireland, introducing alternatives to prosecution for first and second offences but rejecting decriminalisation.

Published 2 August 2019

Court of Appeal: Man with 'higher than usual mitigation' has sentence for drugs charges reduced on appeal

A man who was found with drugs valued at nearly €270,000 during a search of his house has had his sentence decreased in the Court of Appeal.

Published 30 July 2019

Proposal to establish first medically supervised injection facility rejected by Dublin councillors

Proposals to establish Ireland's first medically supervised injection facility (MSIF) for drug users have been rejected by Dublin City Council.

Published 26 July 2019

Court of Appeal: Man sentenced to five years' imprisonment for cultivating cannabis in his attic loses appeal

A man who was convicted of cultivating over one hundred cannabis plants in the attic of his home in Tipperary has lost an appeal against the severity of the five-year sentence imposed upon him by Clonmel Circuit Court.

Published 25 July 2019

Government to consider Mr Justice Sheehan's report on drug possession tomorrow

The Government will tomorrow consider a series of recommendations on personal drug possession from an expert group chaired by Mr Justice Garrett Sheehan.

Published 24 July 2019

Niall Neligan: Opponents of cannabis regulation should consider the evidence

Niall Neligan, lecturer in criminal law and drug policy regulation at the School of Law, Languages & Social Sciences at Technological University Dublin, contributes to the debate around cannabis and the law.

Published 15 July 2019

US: Denver votes to decriminalise magic mushrooms

A city in the United States has voted to effectively decriminalise the use and possession of magic mushrooms.

Published 10 May 2019

Controversial ban on new psychoactive substances succeeds in reducing health problems

A controversial ban on the sale of new psychoactive substances (NPS) in Ireland has succeeded in reducing health problems associated with their use, according to new research.

Published 10 April 2019

Court of Appeal: Man sentenced to five years for conspiracy to import and possession of cocaine loses appeal against conviction

A man who was sentenced to five years imprisonment for conspiracy to import and possession with intent to supply cocaine has lost an appeal against his conviction.

Published 4 April 2019

US: Tens of thousands of old cannabis convictions to be automatically dismissed with new technology

Tens of thousands of convictions for cannabis possession could be dismissed or reduced automatically under a pioneering scheme launched by prosecutors in California.

Published 2 April 2019

Amnesty International Ireland backs calls for drug problems to be treated as health issue

Amnesty International Ireland has joined groups calling for the possession of drugs for personal use to be decriminalised by the Government.

Published 5 March 2019