The current legal position in relation to Cannabis in the Republic of Ireland is that it is a scheduled substance under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1977. This means that if you are caught with any amount,however small,you can be prosecuted and fined.It is also an offence to grow cannabis plants and on summary conviction for this offence, you could be liable for a fine not exceeding €1,270 or a prison sentence of up to 12 months However if the court deems that you had the cannabis in your possession with the intent of supplying it,the punishments are much more severe. Where the market value of the drugs is €13,000 or more (are vastly inflated police price estimations)the person convicted is liable for a minimum sentence of a shocking 10 years.In January 2006 it seemed as if those caught with small amounts for personal use would be handed a caution rather than put thought the courts but this plan was dropped at the 11th hour by the infamous ex-Minister for Injustice Michael McDowell. So as you can see the legal situation for cannabis enthusiasts in Ireland is not pretty.The current centre-right Government is extremely unlikely to make any change without serious pressure being exerted upon them and this pressure is unlikely to come form the pathetic opposition political parties, none of whom have had the courage to come out in support of legalisation. So it'll have to be people power once again!
Last Years March
Legalise Cannabis Ireland was founded almost a year and a half ago following several years of sporadic attempts at highlighting the fallacy that is this prohibition of cannabis. Virtually the only public Cannabis action comprised of J-Days , annual mass smoke-ups in a park. A few took place in Ireland's Capital city, Dublin but following an initial flourish, attendances were dwindling. Only a small crowd assembled in 2006 at the aptly named Marlay Park,the gathering thereafter interrupted by a nasty bunch of Gardai (Irish police) who proceeded to demand all kinds of silly information from the innocent afternoon tokers., some of whom were arrested.
Following from this it was felt that a more coherent strategy was necessary in order to bring the issue into the public domain and to stimulate meaningful debate. It was felt by many of those involved that having a tokenistic (!) smoke-up in the park once a year just wasn’t going to alter in any meaningful way the current situation in relation to cannabis and the many problems that prohibition is causing Irish Cannabis enthusiasts.
Join us at this years March
With that in mind, the decision was taken to organise the first ever Anti-Prohibition march to on these shores, to be held the 6th of May 2007, the same weekend as the Worldwide Marijuana March across the rest of the globe. With that, the wheels began to turn on the wagon of a new movement, eventually to be christened Legalise Cannabis Ireland. An interesting mix of people came together to take on the donkey-work of getting a campaign up and running A healthy concoction of experience, nationality and gender proved productive as the ideas began to flow. With the help of supportive Head, Hemp and Grow Stores, the campaign produced a number of well-designed, informative and accessible leaflets on topics such as medical use, the problems caused by prohibition, as well as the scourge of contaminated cannabis, a problem of particularly great magnitude in Ireland.
more info on http://www.legalisecannabisireland.com