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Health Research Board. Irish National Focal Point to the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction. (2019) Ireland: national report for 2018 – 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 the importation, manufacture, trade in and possession, other than by prescription, of most psychoactive substances as criminal offences. The principal criminal legislative framework is laid out in the Misuse of Drugs Acts (MDA) 1977–2016. Since the commencement of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1977, the legislation has been amended via statutory instruments (SIs) and regulations to accommodate the transient nature of drug-related crime. Alternatives to punishment are available in Ireland, for example, via community service orders, probation services, and drug treatment courts.

Date:2019
Pages:41 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 Substances > Cannabis / Marijuana
B Substances > New (novel) psychoactive substances
E Concepts in biomedical areas > Substance by legal status
L Social psychology and related concepts > Legal availability or accessibility
MM-MO Crime and law > Substance use laws
MM-MO Crime and law > Criminal penalty
VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland

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