Simon Harris needs to replace the Misuse of Drugs Acts 1977-2016 in its entirety and provide for the regulation of cannabis by 2020.

During the course of both my professional and academic career I have had to deal with the Misuse of Drugs Acts on many occasions, whether it was in the court room, the classroom, or indeed more recently attempting to amend the acts by virtue of the Controlled Drugs and Harm Reduction Bill 2017. In short I understand how it works, …

How Ireland could become the European centre for the legal cannabis industry?

Over the last thirty years, Ireland has been very successful in persuading the world’s leading tech and pharma companies to locate their European headquarters in Dublin. Thanks to this far sighted policy, Dublin has become Europe’s silicone city. The Irish state through clever use of tax incentives and the availability of a young well-educated workforce has in the past managed …

A 21st Century Approach to Regulating Cannabis in Ireland

Once California voted for legalisation almost 12 months after the DPA conference, the tipping point as Hudek had predicted had been reached; this was notwithstanding the appointment of Jeff Sessions as U.S. Attorney General whose views on cannabis are antiquated to say the least. Although cannabis remains illegal under Federal Law, there is no going back to prohibition. To quote …

Sowing The Seeds of Law Reform

It is now almost a year since the Government announced outline plans to decriminalise the possession of small quantities of controlled substances for personal use, following the lead taken by other jurisdictions, most notably Portugal which decriminalised in 2001. In the intervening period since that announcement, the nature of that Government has changed giving rise to a minority executive with …