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Hughes, Caitlin and Stevens, Alex and Hulme, Shann and Cassidy, Rebecca (2019) Review of approaches taken in Ireland and in other jurisdictions to simple possession drug offences. A report for the Irish Department of Justice and Equality and the Department of Health. UNSW Australia and University of Kent.

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This report reviewed approaches taken in Ireland and nine other jurisdictions to simple possession drug offences with the aim of identifying alternative approach options that would be possible in the Irish context and the advantages and disadvantages of each. 

Approach: A rapid realist review was conducted of the international evidence on alternatives to simple possession following the RAMESES protocol. Nine nations with alternative approaches were selected based on their mix of reform types and relevance to the Irish situation: Australia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England and Wales, Germany, Jamaica, the Netherlands, Portugal and the United States of America (USA). This gave rise to 15 different approaches: between one and three per country. 

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This report is Annexe I to Report of the working group to consider alternative approaches to the possession of drugs for personal use.

Date:August 2019
Pages:92 p.
Publisher:UNSW Australia and University of Kent
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Subjects:MM-MO Crime and law > Substance use laws > Drug laws
MM-MO Crime and law > Law enforcement and the justice system
MP-MR Policy, planning, economics, work and social services > Policy > Policy on substance use
MP-MR Policy, planning, economics, work and social services > Policy > Policy on substance use > Supply reduction policy
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