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Taoiseach warns against cannabis being ‘glamorised’ amid new legalising proposals


Taoiseach Micheál Martin

Taoiseach Micheál Martin

Taoiseach Micheál Martin

The Taoiseach has warned against cannabis being “glamorised” after new proposals are due to be brought before the Oireachtas on legalising possession of up to 7g.

People Before Profit TD Gino Kenny published new legislation which will moves towards the decriminalisation of cannabis.

It is now up to Government to decide if it will support it, with Mr Martin saying he would “not necessarily” be in favour of it.

“I don’t know where he just pulled the 7g out of existence,” he said.

The former health minister said he would be in favour of a more healthcare-based approach to addiction and warned about the harms of cannabis.

“I think we have to be careful that we don’t glamorise cannabis either because there are real concerns within the health community and the medical community about what cannabis can do to young people.”

Mr Martin said Government will consult the Gardaí when considering the bill.

“I will examine it and we will look at data and we’ll take advice from a number of disciplines, be it policing, be it health, and certainly, I would prefer a system that decriminalises in the sense that were there to help people with challenges with harmful substances such as cannabis.

“Cannabis can do real harm too, to young people and many people in the medical world have said that to me.

“That’s just a concern I have. I’ve been a strong advocate for facilitation for medical cannabis for people.”

abis is now available on prescription for medical purposes, however, Mr Martin admitted it can be “challenging” to get a script for it.

He said he is a big advocate for it to be used for medicinal purposes.

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“Nonetheless, I think some analysis has to take place then in terms of the impact of medical cannabis on young people.”

The Bill proposes to amend the Misuse of Drugs Act 1977 to enable a person over 18 years of age to have possession, for personal use, of either or both cannabis and cannabis resin that in each case does not exceed 7g.

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