A 2015 report compiled by the Oireachtas Justice Committee recommended that the possession of drugs for personal use be decriminalised, while almost 75% of the population agrees with the availability of cannabis for medicinal purposes.
NGO Juventas believe that the system of support for young people who are using psychoactive substances is underdeveloped and it is crucial to adjust the services to their needs, to fight and reduce the stigma surrounding young people who need help.
IDPC evaluates the impacts of drug policies implemented across the world over the past decade, assessing progress made towards the 2019 goals and concluding on the need to move away from punitive approaches.
The criminalisation of drug use disproportionately affects racial minorities and marginalised communities. A regulation framework for cannabis should take this into account to avoid recreating these same inequities.