- 24 Oct 13
Deputy Luke Flanagan has just unveiled details of his private members Cannabis Regulation Bill 2013, which will be presented to his Dáil colleagues on November 6.
While firmly going down the legalisation route, the draft legislation is anything but a free-for-all, with the Roscommon-South Leitrim TD proposing a tightly-controlled set of guidelines.
These are the key points:
• The purpose of the bill is to provide for the regulation of cannabis for recreational and medicinal use.
• The Cannabis regulation authority will be set up by the Justice Minister to regulate cultivation, sale, labelling, advertising and marketing of cannabis.
• Provide for a licence system for commercial, home and cannabis social club cultivation to be controlled by the authority.
• Cannabis Research Institute to be established by the Minister to conduct or commission research in respect of cannabis along with educating the public on its effects.
• Home cultivation of cannabis allowed with licence – 6 plants maximum.
• Personal possession of up to one ounce (28.35g)
• Cannabis Social Club model introduced which supplies members with not for profit cannabis in a community setting. (Max 50 members/300 plants)
• Licences granted for sale of cannabis include – Cannabis Wholesale Licence, Cannabis Retail Store Licence, Medicinal Cannabis Retail Licence, Cannabis Coffee Shop Licence and a Cannabis Social Club Licence.
• Regulations require cannabis to be grown without additives, which will be prescribed by the Minister. Alcohol, Nicotine and Caffeine are also prohibited.
• No Children allowed on licences premises related to cannabis. It will remain an offense for children to possess cannabis.
• Cannabis must be clearly labelled with chemical, dietary and product information.
• Advertising will be stricter than current alcohol advertising.
• Tax revenue from cannabis will fund drug addiction services, medical research and juvenile education courses on drug abuse.
• A requirement is set for Justice Minister and Agricultural Minister to examine the feasibility of the safe regulation and controlled use of hemp.
Along with the presentation of the bill, the Buswells Hotel event is also being used to launch cannabis pressure NORML Ireland. Stay tuned to hotpress.com for a video report and photos.