Wednesday, 6 November 2013
Cannabis Regulation: Motion (Resumed) [Private Members]
With regard to concerns raised regarding the recording of convictions, the question of expunging criminal records is a matter that has already been examined by the House in the context of the Criminal Justice (Spent Convictions) Bill 2012. My colleague, the Minister for Justice and Equality, Deputy Alan Shatter, updated the House on these matters yesterday during parliamentary questions.
I would like to re-emphasise the Government's commitment to the continued implementation of the national drugs strategy to tackle the drugs issue in a comprehensive way. The Government is very focused on ensuring there is an increased emphasis on moving people from drugs treatment to an addiction-free life, where this is achievable. In short, we must present people with opportunities to achieve a life without addiction. I share Deputy Collins' concern about the use and duration of use of methadone in this country. We are examining how to encourage and incentivise people to come off methadone.