Labour’s junior health minister Aodhán Ó Ríordáin’
Newly appointed junior health minister Aodhan Ó Ríordáin’s first task?
To ‘consider’ decriminalising the ‘erb.
Not leglisalising it mind.
A stoner speaks:
Sadly not the same thing by a long chalk, compadré, if you’ve ever been in Portugal. The purchaser is untroubled but the seller (with his pitiful few nodges) is harrassed beyond endurance, The supply dries up, the price goes through the roof, the quality diminishes and anarchy ensues….
A clear headed documentary on cannabis in Ireland.
Featuring Limerick physician William O’Shaugnessy, discoverer of the medical properties of cannabis, Mr Nice, Mr Ming, Prof Crown, addiction counsellors and a covert mildly paranoia-inducing visit to a grow house.
Maker Paul Roban writes:
The intention of this documentary is to explore the role of cannabis in 21st Century Ireland, not least due to growing usage within the mainstream, but also because of our failure to prevent its distribution. For this reason, we need to question the resources ploughed into the ‘war on drugs’ and whether both the time and manpower called upon is justifiable when it appears that all other progressive nations are either entirely decriminalising cannabis or relaxing their laws on its possession.
(Made before the Summer cabinet reshuffle while Alan Shatter was Justice Minister, James Reilly was Health and Ming was in the Dáil)
“Dr Barry [head of the department of public health in Trinity College Dublin] said the study appeared to confirm earlier findings about the harm associated with cannabis use and its role as a gateway drug. “
“The report is about very heavy use during puberty and of course does nothing to prove that marijuana is a ‘gateway drug’ but don’t let that get in the way of the ‘Reefer Madness’….” Interesting to see this strange and inconclusive report made the FRONT page of the Irish Times today – under the U2 and Apple love in. Drugs bad Bono/Apple good kids. Mmkay.”
Jan O’Sullivan will become Minister for Education, Alex White will be the new Minister for Communications, Energy and and Natural Resources, Charlie Flanagan takes over at the Department of Foreign Affairs. Alan Kelly will become Minister for the Environment. James Reilly moves to Children and Youth Affairs, while Leo Varadkar replaces him as Minister for Health. Heather Humphreys will replace Jimmy Deenihan at the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.
A recent linguistic zingfest by Judge Seamus Hughes (no stranger to these pages, etc)
Then Judge Hughes asked the defendant: “Where would I buy €800 worth of cannabis this morning?” “You’d have to look it up. I got a number from a man, and I had to meet a man in a car park in Golden Island,” said Henehan. “What? Oh, I thought you said ‘on a cold night’. The cannabis is already affecting your voice,” observed the judge. “Tell me, how did you know it was cannabis, and not dried nettles, or something. Sure, he might have just topped it off with cannabis or dogs’ urine,” quipped the judge.
[Mark Fitzsimons during a budget protest last year]
A man who has had both his eyes removed due to glaucoma has handed himself into gardaí with a quantity of herbal cannabis in a protest designed to challenge the law regarding the use of the drug for medicinal purposes.
Mark Fitzsimons (30) has been completely blind for the last five years and believes that by being prosecuted for possession he may be able to avail of free legal aid in order to test legislation.
On Thursday, with the help of his cane and carer, the Dundalk resident presented himself to gardaí with a small quantity of the drug and requested he be charged with possession in order to secure a court appearance.