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Personal drug use may lead to cautions rather than criminal prosecution

In an official statement, Garda HQ said it was working on the implementation of such a system following the recommendation of a Government working group on alternative sanctions for drug possession.

The development comes in advance of the publication of the working group report and the bringing of proposals by the Department of Health, based on the report, to Cabinet for decision.

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Personal drug use may lead to cautions rather than criminal prosecution

By Cormac O'Keeffe
Security Correspondent

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Tuesday, July 09, 2019 - 12:00 AM
Gardaí and the DPP are examining applying cautions rather than pursuing criminal prosecutions for people caught in possession of drugs for personal use.

In an official statement, Garda HQ said it was working on the implementation of such a system following the recommendation of a Government working group on alternative sanctions for drug possession.

The development comes in advance of the publication of the working group report and the bringing of proposals by the Department of Health, based on the report, to Cabinet for decision.

The Garda initiative has emerged following queries from the Irish Examiner.

The Garda statement said that currently, possession of drugs for personal use (also known as simple possession) is an offence under Section 3 of the Misuse of Drugs Act.

It said the offence is currently not included in the Adult Caution Scheme, where a caution is applied to an offender as an alternative to prosecution in the courts and possible criminal record.

The Garda statement says: “However, following the recommendation of a government-appointed working group, AGS [An Garda Síochána] and the DPP are consulting on how to incorporate Section 3 Misuse of Drugs Act (simple possession) into the adult caution scheme.”

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Source: Corma O'Keeffe, Irish Examiner, 9th July 2019

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