Wednesday, 6 November 2013
Cannabis Regulation: Motion (Resumed) [Private Members]
Is the Deputy serious or is he smoking cannabis himself?
This Bill must be rejected out of hand by every Member of this House. It should be replaced with a commitment to support those professional and community leaders working at the coalface with drug addicts as young as 12 years of age to educate them against the effects of this substance, as outlined by Professor Lucey of Trinity College Dublin.
What message will this motion send to the ten and 12 year olds whose lives may not have been damaged by drugs? I believe it sends them the message that Ireland today is becoming more tolerant of illegal and dangerous drugs. The Bill also proposes that the Government support the production and retailing of cannabis and cannabis products. I can see it now: "Come to 'Ming' Flanagan's farmers' market - buy one, get one free."