An Irish lawmaker has filed a bill to legalize cannabis possession nationwide for adults 18 and older—but a top government official has already raised concerns about the reform proposal.
People Before Profit TD Gino Kenny introduced the long-anticipated legislation on Thursday. It would legalize the possession of up to seven grams of cannabis and 2.5 grams of cannabis resin for personal adult use.
The bill is currently before the Dáil Éireann, the lower chamber of Ireland’s legislature. It’s not clear if lawmakers from competing parties will work to advance it, but the sponsor said that he expects the body to have a “wider debate” on cannabis reform “next year.”
“The bill itself is quite moderate. It’s amending existing legislation that dates back 42 years ago—and 42 years ago was a very, very long time,” Kenny said on the floor. “We need a different narrative in relation to drug reform because criminalizing people for small possessions of any drug, particularly cannabis, is a complete waste of time, and it’s a waste of resources.”
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