Ireland just made ecstasy and other drugs legal 'by accident'

Discussion in 'The Bar' started by XuXu, Mar 10, 2015.

  1. XuXu

    XuXu VIP Extreme Gold

    Reputations:
    786,311
    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2012
    Messages:
    20,867
    Likes Received:
    16,013
    http://www.mirror.co.uk/usvsth3m/ireland-just-made-ecstasy-drugs-5305905?ICID=FB_mirror_main

    [​IMG]

    Ireland have legalised drugs for one day, albeit "by accident".

    It comes after a ruling this morning in which the Irish Court of Appeal declared that current rulings against drugs such as Ecstasy and crystal meth are unconstitutional.

    It means that Ireland's 1977 Misuse of Drugs Act has effectively been thrown out and all drugs outlawed under the act are now LEGAL, reports Irish radio stationNewsTalk.

    The court found that recent add-ons to the act were in violation of article 15 of the Constitution, making the entire act unconstitutional.

    How long will these drugs be legal?

    Business Insider reports that the "accidental" loophole means the drugs are legal for today only, but news outlets in Ireland report that it could be longer.

    Politicians in Ireland are now planning to present legislation this evening to make drugs such as ketamine and ecstasy illegal again but they cannot pass the legislation into law until Thursday at the earliest.

    It means that for today and tomorrow (at least), ecstasy will remain legal.

    A number of other drugs - like mephedrone - previously been referred to as 'legal highs' are now, once again, legal.

    This is confirmed in a memorandum: "All substances controlled by means of Government Orders made under section 2(2) cease to be controlled with immediate effect, and their possession ceases to be an offence."

    The ruling was brought about by the High Court after a man who was charged of possessing methylethcathinone (a drug with similarities to mephedrone) argued that the way in which the drug was made illegal by in Ireland was unconstitutional.

    Stanislav Bederev was charged for possessing the drug in 2012, but his lawyers argued that because the decision to ban the drug did not go through parliament, it was in breach in of the constitution.

    What next?
    The biggest upshot of the legal loophole is that anyone prosecuted under the 1977 Misuse of Drugs Act from 1977-2015 was prosecuted under a law which has now been repealed.

    And in particular, those prosecuted since 2010 - the year in which methylethcathinone was made illegal - has been prosecuted after an add-on which has now been ruled to be unconstitutional.

    As mentioned, it will be at least Thursday until the drugs affected by the ruling, such as magic mushrooms and ecstasy, will be illegal in Ireland again.
     
  2. AmishGirl

    AmishGirl Well-Known Member VIP

    Reputations:
    147,108
    Joined:
    May 12, 2012
    Messages:
    24,431
    Likes Received:
    20,765
  3. crazypreacher

    crazypreacher Hey yo

    Reputations:
    223,084
    Joined:
    Sep 1, 2010
    Messages:
    47,119
    Likes Received:
    42,313
    Ecstasy will not make them punch each other so win-win.
     
    AmishGirl likes this.
  4. Stew Nod

    Stew Nod Hello VIP

    Reputations:
    313,774
    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2012
    Messages:
    55,649
    Likes Received:
    41,346
  5. Gitfiddle

    Gitfiddle Live Deliciously

    Reputations:
    133,177
    Joined:
    Jul 14, 2012
    Messages:
    31,616
    Likes Received:
    26,967
    Thanks O'Bama
     
    XuXu and hidden dragon like this.
  6. Just Peachy

    Just Peachy VIP Extreme Gold

    Reputations:
    278,084
    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2012
    Messages:
    54,635
    Likes Received:
    25,616
  7. Shedding Skin

    Shedding Skin Damp Banned User

    Reputations:
    57,276
    Joined:
    Oct 26, 2012
    Messages:
    17,038
    Likes Received:
    12,633
    Pretty cool.
     
    Psyche likes this.
  8. Sea Slob

    Sea Slob Well-Known Member

    Reputations:
    97,118
    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2012
    Messages:
    18,504
    Likes Received:
    10,984
    Xuxu has her finger on the pulse of the news today :lo5:
     
  9. XuXu

    XuXu VIP Extreme Gold

    Reputations:
    786,311
    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2012
    Messages:
    20,867
    Likes Received:
    16,013
    :jj:
     
  10. Thikken Vaney

    Thikken Vaney What's everyone looking at?

    Reputations:
    79,857
    Joined:
    Oct 23, 2014
    Messages:
    2,927
    Likes Received:
    2,875
    The flyin' Irish