The Journal reports….
HEALTH MINISTER SIMON Harris has said there are no plans to legalise cannabis in Ireland.
Speaking in the Oireachtas Health Committee today, Harris said he wanted to clear, stating:
“There are no plans to legalise cannabis or any other illicit drugs in this country.”
However, he added that he plans to have the medicinal cannabis access scheme up and running in the summer, with the statutory instruments to put the scheme on a legal footing due to be signed “in the coming weeks”.
A group of 20 doctors said this week that a campaign of misinformation has led to a sharp increase in the number of cannabis users in Ireland, and warned against liberating the drug for recreational use.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar last year confirmed a working group was considering decriminalising the drug and were reviewing jurisdictions such as Canada where cannabis use had already been legalised.
It is understood report from a working group on the possession of drugs for personal use is to be brought to Cabinet within the next few weeks.
Senior doctors from the Cannabis Risk Alliance, however, said the dangers, including “increased risk of development of severe mental disorders, particularly psychosis,” were being ignored.