Proposals to liberalise cannabis laws expected before Cabinet

Plans will stop short of ‘full-blown’ decriminalisation of possession
The Irish Times (Ireland)
Tuesday, May 21, 2019

The plans envisage a move to providing drug counselling, addiction treatment and other health interventions for many users found in possession of small amounts of drugs for personal use. However, they will stop short of “full-blown” decriminalisation of the personal possession of drugs and some criminal sanctions are expected to remain on the statute book, according to sources. There remain serious differences within Government on the proposals, which have yet to be finalised. Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan has privately expressed concerns about any proposal to decriminalise the personal possession of drugs, it is understood.