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41st Shade.

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)

Thanks 41st Shade




“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. “

Teen Cannabis UsersLess Likely To Finish School, Get A Degree (Irish Times)

Kevin C writes:

“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.”

The Potential Toll Of Heavy Cannabis Use (The Lancet)

00093842-642[The new cabinet queuing for the Dáil this afternoon]

“To recap: Pat Rabbitte, Ruairi Quinn, Eamon Gilmore, Deputy Hogan and Jimmy Deenihan all gone from Cabinet.

Paschal Donohoe, Heather Humphreys, Alan Kelly, Jan O’Sullivan and Alex White all appointed to Cabinet.”

Cabinet Reshuffle: Live Blog (RTE)


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.

Pic Jonathan Healy


The new cabinet calculating their pensions assemble in the chamber.


13475346851131A 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.

Man fined for not buying “dried nettles” (Athlone Advertiser)

Previously: Judge Of The Day

(H/T: Ronan Emmett)


mark[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.

Blind man asks to be charged with cannabis possession to challenge law (Irish Times)

Pic: Talk Of The Town