High Court: Mandatory minimum sentencing section in Misuse of Drugs Act declared to be unconstitutional

The High Court has ruled that mandatory-minimum sentences for those with previous convictions for serious drug trafficking is contrary to the Constitution. Under section 27(3F) of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1977, a person had to receive at least 10 years’ imprisonment if they had previously been convicted having drugs worth more than €13,000 in their possession.

Published 10 June 2021

Prosecutions for cannabis possession down dramatically

Prosecutions for the possession of cannabis have declined dramatically in the UK over the past decade, according to new figures.

Published 7 April 2021

Court of Appeal: Appeal dismissed for man who challenged the valuation of drugs in his possession by gardaí

The Court of Appeal has dismissed an appeal from a man convicted under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1977 for being in possession of drugs with a value of more than €13,000.

Published 26 March 2021

England: Prisons should trial free cannabis

Prisons should offer free cannabis to drug-dependent prisoners to determine whether it could stem overdose deaths and reduce violence, a police and crime commissioner has said.

Published 11 January 2021

Gardaí to issue cautions to adults caught with cannabis

Gardaí will now issue cautions to adults caught with small amounts of cannabis and cannabis resin in a significant expansion of the adult cautioning scheme introduced nearly 15 years ago.

Published 17 December 2020

Canada: Vancouver to decriminalise drugs after record overdoses

Vancouver, one of the biggest cities in Canada, has become the first jurisdiction in the country to take steps towards decriminalising personal possession of drugs including heroin and cocaine.

Published 27 November 2020

Gardaí arrest woman linked to supply of drugs to remand prisoners

Gardaí have arrested a woman in an ongoing operation to disrupt the supply of drugs and contraband to prisoners attending a court in Co Cork.

Published 22 April 2020

Around 140,000 tablets seized in Northern Ireland in global Interpol operation

Around 140,000 tablets intended for illegal distribution over the internet have been seized in Northern Ireland in part of a global operation co-ordinated by Interpol.

Published 20 March 2020

Scottish prosecutors get 'smart' as drug charges fall

Drugs prosecutions in Scotland have plummeted following a change in policy.

Published 26 February 2020

Cocaine use 'rampant' in family court cases

Cocaine use is "rampant" in cases coming before the family courts in Dublin, a solicitor has said.

Published 23 January 2020

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