Methamphetamine and ecstasy are among more than 100 drugs that suddenly became legal to possess in Ireland. Politicians are now working to ban them again.
The situation arose when an appellate court on Tuesday decided that part of the drug law from 1977 is unconstitutional.
However, Health Minister Leo Varadkar says that possession of drugs will be banned again immediately, as a new bill was on the table even before the court's ruling.
- We did not know that the court would decide today, but we were preparing for the possibility, says Varadkar.
Authorities hope that the new drug law will be passed in the National Assembly by Thursday. Varadkar, who is also a physician, warns that the narcotics that are now temporarily legalized all involve very severe health risks.
The background of the matter is that a man was prosecuted for possession of the stimulant metylmetkatinon or mephedrone, which in its time was sold legally in health food stores. In 2011 it was listed on the Irish drug list, and it is this prohibition judges believe is unconstitutional because it was never discussed in parliament.
As a consequence, more than 100 other drugs that were covered by the same law, became temporary legalized. Sale, import and export remains illegal.
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