Justice Minister denies country is ‘sleepwalking’ into cannabis legalisation

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Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan has denied the country is ‘sleepwalking’ into the legalisation of cannabis. Proposals that aim to soften punishments around possession of drugs for personal use are due before the cabinet in the coming weeks.

Under these new plans, someone caught in possession of a small amount of a drug such as cannabis will be referred to an addiction or counselling service rather than being prosecuted.

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