Gardaí were unable to detect the drugs, which were concealed “deeply” within a vehicle.
Take, for example, the case of Daniel Siebold.
Des Corrigan, the chairman of National Advisory Committee on Drugs, said many of the plants being grown here are genetically selected to ensure they produce high levels of THC, but they also lack a substance called CBD, which seems to protect the brain from the effects of THC, which can include psychosis.
Firemen putting out a blaze at a house on North St discovered a large number of cannabis plants and alerted gardaí.
Last week, gardaí discovered an estimated €800,000-worth of cannabis plants being cultivated in a disused factory in East Cork. It was reportedly the biggest growhouse ever discovered in the county.
This was a good read. I have always wanted to know about our laws and looking online for information gets mind boggling and this was just lovely to read. What we need in Ireland is support and learn about all aspects of cannabis and be able to teach others in the future so it doesn’t get abused and everybody is aware of the pros and the cons. The only way to do that is for everyone to speak out and have more talks about it and really listen to each other.
A 2016 study found that cannabis use was widespread among teenagers (15-18 year olds), with 39.3% of participants claiming they’d used it. It also found that most of these adolescents regarded cannabis as ‘low risk’ in terms of producing mental or physical health problems.
Selling or supplying cannabis is also illegal in Ireland. Different penalties are imposed depending various factors, such as:
The plans aim to eliminate the black market, protect children, and offer benefits to both public health and scientific research. It’s anticipated that the framework will create 15,000 jobs, and will also transform Ireland into a major European centre for cannabis over the next decade.
Will cannabis be legalised in the future?
Unfortunately, according to the Misuse of Drugs Act, 1977, it is illegal to cultivate any plant of the genus Cannabis except under and in accordance with a license issued in that behalf by the Minister. Furthermore, every person who cultivates cannabis shall be guilty of an offense.
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Possessing cannabis is illegal in Ireland, under the Misuse of Drugs Acts (1977-2016). Distinctions are made between possession for personal use and possession with intent to supply; and the punishments reflect this.
Is CBD legal in Ireland?
This article on What is Veganic Growing? New Take on Organic Cannabis might also take your interest.
Hi its great to see this first step in Ireland but can anyone tell me, what is the maximum amount that the garda will be considering a small amount of cannabis? If anyone can tell me I’d really appreciate it
Accountability of agencies
In explaining what appeared – to Gardaí and the DPP at least – to be a large amount of cannabis in her possession, Ms Corrigan claimed she had not anticipated that the plants would grow so large. Judge Pauline Codd applied the Probation of Offenders Act in relation to Ms Corrigan’s admission of simple possession, meaning that she did not receive a criminal conviction. This is to be welcomed, as society would have benefited little from a harsher penalty.
EARLIER THIS WEEK, Evelyn Corrigan – a 68-year-old woman suffering from glaucoma and spinal stenosis – was found not guilty by a jury of possessing nearly 325 grams of cannabis for the purpose of sale or supply in 2017.
While many aspects of this case might be criticised – not least, the ongoing criminalisation of cannabis use for medicinal purposes – here we wish to challenge the decision by Gardaí and the DPP to charge and prosecute Ms Corrigan. First, we will question whether she should have been charged with the specific offence of possession for the purpose of sale or supply: the ‘dealing’ offence. Second, we will ask what public interest was served by the decision to bring any prosecution in her case.
Dr Cian Ó Concubhair and Dr Ian Marder say the DPP and Gardaí need a more common-sense approach in their application of certain drug laws.
To our first point then: should Ms Corrigan have been charged and prosecuted for dealing in the cannabis she had grown? If we take the jury’s determination of not guilty, the answer is surely no. But failure to achieve a conviction is not, in and of itself, a sound basis for criticising a decision to prosecute. The DPP presumably believed there was some prospect of convicting Ms Corrigan for dealing, based on the amount of cannabis found in her possession.
Normally when trying serious criminal offences – and here, Ms Corrigan faced up to 14 years in prison – Irish courts would not allow a charge to go to the jury where no evidence was offered by the State. Why, then, was the very serious charge of dealing put to the jury?
Ms Corrigan had, however, freely admitted to – and was duly convicted of – possessing the drug for personal use. Ms Corrigan had grown the cannabis herself outside her Dublin home. She told Gardaí, and the jury in Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, that she cultivated and used the drug to help manage the chronic pain caused by her illnesses.
In the interests of full disclosure, one of us – Dr Cian Ó Concubhair – admitted to, and was convicted of cultivating cannabis for sale or supply in 2010. These experiences of cannabis cultivation – and prosecution and conviction – assist us in interrogating the approach of Gardaí and the DPP in Ms Corrigan’s case: particularly these agencies’ understanding of, and response to, cannabis cultivation and use.
The answer lies in how the law is structured to favour the prosecution in these cases. Under s15 of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1977, if you are caught with an amount of drugs deemed too much for personal use, a jury is permitted to assume you are engaged in sale or supply. In other words, s15 allows a jury to convict someone of drug dealing, even if the State provides no direct evidence to support the charge. This is why it was possible for Ms Corrigan to be prosecuted for the dealing offence.