Green Par-tay



Green Party Leader Eamon Ryan

The Green Party have called for the decriminalisation of drug use and the legalisation of cannabis for medical use among their recommendations to the Government’s new National Drugs Strategy. The public consultation closed on the new strategy closed yesterday.

Speaking in support of the submission, Green Party Leader Eamon Ryan TD said:

“Opportunities for open consultation on government policy are very welcome, particularly when it comes to matters as important as our National Drugs Strategy, and we’re glad that the Government sought submissions on this issue. There has to be an acceptance that the current situation in Ireland is not working for anyone, and that a new National Drugs Strategy presents an opportunity to change this…

Green Party call for decriminalising drug use and legalising medical use of cannabis (Green Party)

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27 thoughts on “Green Par-tay

  1. Mr. Camomile T

    Is the drugs trade in Ireland not just a retirement fund for crooked nGardaí? If so, best of luck getting it decriminalised…

      1. ivan

        you need to take a picture of it beside the second Police album, obvs…

        we’ll all laugh. Or I will.

        Oooh – Fun Police fact…Kim Philby was finally confronted in Beiruit in the 60s (but escaped). Head honcho of the CIA there at the time? Stuart Copeland’s Dad.

    1. jambon

      It can’t, but cannabis alleviate the symptoms of many debilitating diseases, such as Parkinson’s. As well as providing a concrete alternative to many who want to end their dependence on liver-destroying pain medicine.

  2. John

    I was reading the bog cuttings in the phoenix magazine this week and noticed an article about a young man in court for €10 worth of hash. He was a French polish apprentice so in his spare time, as an act of contrition, French polished the courtrooms bench or something. The judge said he would therefore be treated leniently. Seems like an awful waste of everyone’s time, energy + resources OR is it the new jobs bridge?

  3. newsjustin

    I don’t understand the fuss about medicinal use of cannibas. The medical world, and society happily accepts the use of opiates like morphine to help people. If cannibas or some component of cannibas is proven to have safe, positive outcomes for patients then I don’t see why it can’t be delivered, as any drug would be, through the standard, safe, verifiable channels.

    If, on the other hand, there is a belief that medicinal use might just be a cover for widespread decriminalisation, I can see where things could get murky. It would be best if the medical profession stepped up and made the case for cannibas, if a case can be made. Rather than weed lovers making the case and pulling in tangential issues such as widespread decriminalisation and dreadlocks on white people.

      1. newsjustin

        Well I’m not sure it should be. But I am sure that it’s use as a medicine should be kept separate from any other debate. If a doctor can use it to help sick people, it’s a no-brainer.

        1. scottser

          there is an adage that states the difference between a medicine, a hallucinogen and a poison is a matter of dosage.

      1. Kieran NYC

        You are perfectly entitled to lick a rock the next time you get sick, if pharmaceuticals and modern medicine threaten you so.

  4. human

    The only hesitation about legalisation I have is the fact that the Irish tend to over do things…. take alcohol as an example. Irish lads will literally smoke themselves into oblivion and we will have to deal with the mental health fallout.

    On the other hand loads of jobless lads might actually be able to make an honest living off doing something they enjoy.

  5. Sheik Yahbouti

    Eamonn, please give it up, you fool absolutely no-one. I am actually ‘Green ‘ by nature, not by party – and some of the things espiused by your party have been actually anti “green” and a sop to industry. You do NOT represent me. Latching onto the cannabis issue merely highlights your desperation, nothing more.

  6. Mourinho

    Big pharma don’t develop drugs based on Cannabis because it can’t be patented.

    Hence researchers, Doctors, scientists don’t support it either as everyone is tied to the money.

    I think it should be legalised for medicinal purposes, and only be available in liquid or tablet form.

    Smoking almost anything is bad for you.

    1. Dόn Pídgéόní

      The DEA has approved a trial for using medicinal cannabis in PTSD among veterans. Lots of trials in Australia. It’s not being ignored and people aren’t “tired to the money”. That’s a pretty ignorant and insulting claim.

  7. Turgenev

    Fun fact: medicinal cannabis doesn’t get you stoned. It has the THC removed.

    Why decriminalise (as opposed to legalising) drugs like heroin? Because if it’s done right – the way they did it in Portugal 14 years ago – it has immense societal benefits. We’re living in a Prohibition society like the Chicago of the 1920s, and the only people that benefits are bootleggers and their hangers-on; it has a hugely corrupting effect on the whole society. Decriminalising takes away the profit and the bottom falls out of the crime market. All those drug lords have no reason to shoot each other any more, and no money to pay anyone else to do it.

    Decriminalisation doesn’t mean you allow criminals to sell as much as they want; it means the State takes over the supply, and supplies it for free but only to those who register as addicts, who must come in and be injected by doctors, and must also adhere to a strict regime including help to get work, housing and psychiatric help.

    Portugal’s decriminalisation:
    The case for prescription heroin:

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