Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is set to unveil the Government’s National Drug Strategy this morning.
The proposals would see a working group established to explore alternative approaches to minor drug use, including a more heath-led approach which could see users caught with small amounts of drugs avoid criminal conviction.
The proposals have been welcomed by campaigners who see current drugs policy as counter-productive and over-expensive – with approximately seven out of every ten drug cases before the courts related to possession for personal use.
However, Dublin-based Lawyer John Hennessy says “normalising” drugs is not a good thing.
“It’s easy to say ‘let’s decriminalize it’, I just think it’s just not a runner,” he said.
“It’s just not something I’d be in favour of. Kids get involved in drugs for the first time… the criminal system works. It deviates the from that route and I’ve seen it work.”