Government Buildings, Dublin 2
The launch of the Controlled Drugs and Harm Reduction Bill 2017, tabled by Independent Senator Lynn Ruane (top right.)
The bill, co-signed by former Minister of State for the National Drugs Strategy Senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin and supported by the Labour Party, the Green Party and a “significant number of independent senators” would make three major reforms to Ireland’s drug laws:
Decriminalise the possession of controlled drugs for personal use, allow for the Minister for Health to set ‘personal use’ and decriminalise addiction.
Establishes a Drug Dissuasion Service to case-manage people found in possession of controlled drugs and to divert people away from the courts.
Provides for a system of harm reduction measures for those found in possession including drug awareness, drug rehabilitation and community engagement programmes.
The bill will debated tomorrow in the Seanad.
More as we get it.
Pic via Fweed