Expert warns against liberal drug laws; Softer legislation would ‘more than likely’ increase health problems

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A child psychiatrist and drug addiction expert has warned the State against decriminalising the possession of cannabis, or any drugs, for personal use. Dr Bobby Smyth, who works with teenagers who have problem drug-use, spoke as a high-level State working group is due this month to report to the Government on the issue. Dr Smyth told the Irish Examiner that all the risks associated with liberalising drug laws “were on the downside”.

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