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Department of Justice and Equality briefing document, 6th May 2016.


Ireland. Department of Justice and Equality

Subject Keywords: Planning, Policy, Economics
Catalogue: Research and Evaluation
Type: Report
Region: Republic of Ireland
Northern Ireland

P.42 A National Steering Committee, under the auspices of Health, has been established to develop a new National Drugs Strategy for the period post 2016. The Department and a number of its agencies are represented on the Committee and its associated focus groups. A range of complex issues with potential implications for the criminal justice system are under discussion in this forum including issues such as drug debt intimidation, drug law-enforcement and â?~decriminalisationâ?T. While relevant legislation with regard to drugs control (Misuse of Drugs Acts) come under the remit of the Department of Health and amendments to the legislation are primarily a matter for the Department, there is currently debate on whether an alternative approach to the current criminal law approach set out in those Acts with regard to the possession of small quantities of illegal drugs for personal use should be considered. The issue is live at this time due to shifts in approaches in a number of states globally and against the background of the recent UN General Assemblyâ?Ts Special Session on global drugs policy held in Aprilâ?¦â?¦â?¦.





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Ireland. Department of Justice and Equality. (2016) Department of Justice and Equality briefing document, 6th May 2016. [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 20th September 2019].


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