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Explainer: The Green Party’s plan to decriminalise cannabis in Ireland

Over the weekend the Green Party announced a new policy position calling for the decriminalisation of cannabis in Ireland.

Here is what they are proposing;

Where did this come from?
On Saturday, at the Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) national conference in the Cork Institute of Technology, Oliver Moran, the Green Party's representative in Cork North Central, announced the new position in which they suggest Ireland should decriminalise possessing and growing cannabis for personal use as well as the introduction of Dutch-style coffee shops.

What exactly are they proposing?
Speaking on Newstalk Breakfast this morning, Mr Moran said that they would like to see Ireland adopt a system similar to Canada or Washington state in the United States.

In Canada, legislation to legalise cannabis is set to begin on July 1 this year. The Canadian law would allow up to 30g of cannabis possession for personal use. Under the Green Party proposals, the limit in Ireland would be 5g.


Source: Sean Nolan, The Irish Independent, 16/04/18 

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