A case that went before the Ireland Court of Appeal involved a man charged with possession of methylethcathinone, which can also be referred to as 4-Mec, or snow blow. He argued before the court that he did not break the law, saying that the law was unconstitutional. He found a loophole to challenge the validity can constitutionality. Ireland’s 1977 Misuse of Drugs Act was found to be unconstitutional by Ireland’s Court of Appeal. Irish Parliament was not consulted when the Misuse of Drugs Act was put into place. The three judges that make up the Court of Appeal unanimously ruled that this law was, in fact, unconstitutional.
This ruling, however, allows the legal possession and use of all Category A drugs in Ireland. Category A has over 100 drugs listed under Ireland’s drug laws. Some of these drugs are: Ecstasy, Ketamine, benzodiazepines, and magic mushrooms, one the most popular drugs in Ireland. Even though possession and use is legal, temporarily in Ireland, the sale and supply of these drugs is not legal. The government may appeal the ruling. There is a concern that this Court of Appeals decision could invalidate prior drug convictions. It is anticipated that those with drug-related convictions will challenge the court system after this ruling.
Health minister Leo Varadkar and Parliamentarians will be working through the night to come up with legislation that will close the loophole discovered in the 1977 Misuse of Drugs Act. However, a law cannot go into effect in Ireland until 24 hours after it has been signed, which will be 12 a.m. Thursday.
Ireland is struggling with the wording of other laws as well. The Same-Sex Marriage law had to be re-written. When the law was translated from Gaelic to English, language gap show that it can be dictated to mean that only same-sex marriages are legal. The Same-Sex Referendum vote is set for May 22, 2015. Around 59 percent of Ireland’s electorate is in favor of same-sex marriage, according to the Irish polling entity.
The Irish government is not favored by its own people. Less than one-third of the Irish electorate supports the current Irish government. The nation was close to financial ruin when this government came into power, and unemployment was nearly the highest it has ever been. Since then, Ireland has managed some stability as well as improved employment.
This government has poorly introduced meter-counted water charges throughout Ireland. There has also been the mismanagement of money by the government. Company executives are giving themselves large bonuses. There have also been data breaches within the Irish government, corruption in Ireland’s government seems endless.
There are thousands of protesters throughout Ireland that are treated as radicals; therefore, they are primarily ignored. The Irish government is truly not listening to the people. Even though they ignore the electorate, the government legalizes Ecstasy and outlaws marriage between man and wife because the government cannot seem to properly write solid legislation. The people are only allowed to vote for President, which is primarily for looks, not really a working government position, and Ireland’s version of the House of Representatives is referred to as Dail Eireann. The people do not have a say, and those in place to be the “voice” of the people are failing.
By Jeanette Smith
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