Prosecution for possession of drugs drops off
THE number of prosecutions for possession of drugs for personal use has fallen.
However, cases taken against people for cultivating controlled drugs have risen sharply, a new report by the Health Research Board (HRB) revealed.
A number of factors are likely to have contributed to the drop in prosecutions for personal use in recent years, including garda priorities and the ability of users to evade the law.
There were 3,760 prosecutions taken in 2004 and they increased in following years. But they peaked at 10,093 in 2009 before falling to 7,731 in 2011, the analysis by researcher John Connolly found.
"Simple possession offences accounted for almost 69pc of total drug offence proceedings in 2011," according to the HRB.