Irish Cannabis Policy Reform

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Keith Clarke started this petition to Dáil Eireann and

In 2020, the Irish government intends to implement a change to its drug policy: this change will mean that first and second-time offenders who are caught in possession of small amounts of illegal drugs will be referred on to the HSE for a mandatory meeting to discuss potential addiction/mental health treatment instead of facing criminal charges. This policy, although progressive, fails to consider the relative harmlessness of cannabis, which is considered to be an illegal substance by the Irish Government. Inevitably this will leave the HSE inundated with people who were unlucky enough to be caught with a personal amount of cannabis who genuinely don't need help with addiction and/or mental health issues. This will only serve to strain addiction services in this country (which are already strained), and potentially slow the process of treatment for those with genuine addiction problems. Personal use of cannabis should be completely decriminalised in this country at the very least - cannabis is relatively safe to use and does not have the same associated addictive qualities and anti-social behaviours as drugs like heroin, cocaine, etc. Cannabis's continued illegal status only serves to put money in the hands of criminal gangs and force otherwise innocent and law-abiding people to engage with them. There is no real relationship between harm to the user and legality in the case of cannabis, and it has even been shown to have value as a medicine for some diseases/conditions. The real crime here is the incrimination and harassment of recreational cannabis users and the waste of police time and tax-payer money, and it needs to change. I'm not sure how effective a petition can really be in this case, but at least it can serve as some indication of the Irish public's feelings on the subject. Thanks for reading.

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