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Before any substance is banned the Government must first:

In May 2010 the following groups of drugs were banned under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1977:

The Ban under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1977 means it is illegal to import, export, produce, supply or possess any of these drugs. Find out more about the Misuse of Drugs Act on the Department of Health and Children's website

In 2010 the Criminal Justice (Psychoactive Substances) Act was published which provided for: the sale or supply of substances which are not specifically proscribed under the Misuse of Drugs Acts, but which have psychoactive effects, for human consumption will be a criminal offence.  

The Act gives appropriate powers to the Garda Síochána and the Courts to intervene quickly to prevent outlets from selling these products by way of appropriate prohibition orders. The Scheme also contains full search and seizure powers for the Gardaí and Revenue’s Customs Service.

New psychoactive substances can quickly emerge, therefore, the Scheme provides a general criminal justice response to deal with the supply of new psychoactive substances as they emerge.  The Scheme operates in addition to the Misuse of Drugs Acts controls.  

The activities of head shops are being closely monitored on an ongoing basis by An Garda Síochána and Revenue’s Customs Service, with a view to ensuring that no illegal substances are being sold. 

View the Act on the Oireachtas website

Read the press release anouncing the proposed Bill on the Department of Justice Equality and Law Reform Website

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