It looks like marijuana legalization efforts are ramping up in Ireland. Roscommon TD Luke Ming Flanagan recently published his 'Cannabis Regulation Bill 2013.' According to a media outlet in Ireland, legalization would generate somewhere around 300 million Euro. Admittedly, I'm not as familiar with Ireland public policy and economics as I am with American policy and economics, but 300 million Euro sounds like more than enough reason to end cannabis prohibition.
- regulate cannabis for recreational and medical use
- allow for home cultivation up to a maximum of six cannabis plant
- allow for the personal possession of up to one ounce of cannabis
- allow for the setting up of "Cannabis Social Clubs" which would allow up to 50 club members to cultivate up to 300 plants for not-for-profit use
- set up a "cannabis regulation authority" to regulate the cultivation, sale, labelling, advertising and marketing of cannabis
- see tax revenue from cannabis fund drug addiction services, medical research and juvenile education courses on drugs.
- include a requirement that the Minister for Justice and Minister for Agriculture to examine the feasibility of the safe regulation and controlled use of cannabis.
To our readers in Ireland - we are rooting for you here on the West Coast of America! A reader sent me a Facebook message asking if I could share the following petition from Ireland. The language is below, click here to sign it:
Fine Gael Party, Dáil Éireann
Labour Party, Dáil Éireann
Fianna Fáil, Dáil Éireann
Sinn Féin, Dáil Éireann
Legalise cannabis for medicinal and recreational use