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[Oireachtas] Dail Eireann debate. Written answer 262 - Misuse of drugs [Head shops] [6679/10]. (09 Feb 2010)

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262. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Health and Children the substances in products sold in head shops that are currently banned.

Minister for Health and Children (Deputy Mary Harney): The Misuse of Drugs Act 1977 and its associated regulations control the import, export, production, supply and possession of a range of named narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances listed in the Schedules to the Act. Substances are scheduled under the Act in accordance with Ireland’s obligations under international conventions and/or where there is evidence that the substances are causing significant harm to public health in Ireland.
The list of scheduled substances is kept under ongoing review. For example, in 2006 psychotropic (“magic”) mushrooms were banned and their possession and sale is now illegal. On 31 March 2009, BZP was similarly subjected to legislative control measures and criminal sanctions. The Department is currently examining how the substances contained in SPICE, the BZP derivatives and others can be controlled under the Misuse of Drugs legislation. It is my intention to make the necessary regulations before the end of June.
Vol. 701 No. 3  
Written Answers – Misuse of Drugs
Tuesday, 9 February 2010

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