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Citywide. (2013) Decriminalisation: A new direction for drugs policy? Dublin: Citywide.

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Citywide held a conference in May 2013 to open a debate on the issue of decriminalisation as set out in our 2012 Citywide Policy Document. This policy document was produced through wide consultation and reflected concerns expressed about criminalising people with addictions and the subsequent effects that this has on their lives. It also highlighted major concerns about the intimidation and violence that is impacting on people as a result of the illegal drugs trade. Concern about these issues has been mirrored around the world as there is an international push to review the ‘War on Drugs’ and to explore and implement alternative drugs policies.

At the May 2013 conference the most frequent comment from attendees was that they had not fully understood the difference between decriminalisation and legalisation and that they were unaware of the way decriminalisation has worked in other countries. This leaflet was produced to provide basic information including sources of further information.
• Is there a difference between decriminalisation and legalisation?
• Does decriminalisation increase drug use?
• What are the impacts of being convicted for personal drug use?
• Why should we consider decriminalising drugs for personal use in Ireland?
• Have other countries decriminalised drug use?

Item Type
Publication Type
Irish-related, International, Report
Drug Type
Substances (not alcohol/tobacco)
Intervention Type
4 p.
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HRB (Electronic Only)
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