Ireland Is Ready To Legalize Cannabis

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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.

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According to the Irish Times, the bill would (full bill can be found at the previous link):

- 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:

To:
Fine Gael Party, Dáil Éireann
Labour Party, Dáil Éireann
Fianna Fáil, Dáil Éireann
Sinn Féin, Dáil Éireann

Legalise cannabis for medicinal and recreational use

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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