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Health Research Board. Irish National Focal Point to the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction. (2017) Ireland: national report for 2016 – legal framework. Dublin: Health Research Board.

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The classification of drugs and precursors in Ireland is made in accordance with the three United Nations conventions of 1961, 1971 and 1988. Irish legislation defines as criminal offences the importation, manufacture, trade in and possession, other than by prescription, of most psychoactive substances. The principal criminal legislative framework is laid out in the Misuse of Drugs Acts (MDA) 1977 and 1984, and the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 1988. The offences of drug possession (s.3 MDA) and possession for the purpose of supply (s.15 MDA) are the principal forms of criminal charge used in the prosecution of drug offences in Ireland. The Misuse of Drugs Regulations 1988 list under five schedules the various substances to which the laws apply. There are no alternatives to punishment for the possession or supply of illicit drugs in the sense that they remain criminal offences under the above legislation. However, different factors can operate either in mitigation of an offence or as aggravating factors.

Date:2017
Pages:18 p.
Publisher:Health Research Board
Corporate Creators:Health Research Board. Irish National Focal Point to the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction
Place of Publication:Dublin
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Accession Number:HRB (Electronic Only)
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Subjects:B Drugs and alcohol substances > Cannabis / Marijuana
B Drugs and alcohol substances > New (novel) psychoactive substances
E Concepts in biomedical areas > Drugs and alcohol substance by legal status
L Social psychology and related concepts > Legal availability or accessibility
MM-MO Crime and law > Drugs and alcohol laws
MM-MO Crime and law > Criminal penalty
VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland

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