Ireland: Bill Introduced to Legalize Pot

Ireland: Bill Introduced to Legalize Pot

A member of the Irish Parliament has introduced a bill to legalize cannabis in the country. "Ireland is ready for the legalisation of cannabis," legislator Luke Ming Flanagan told the Irish Times.

The proposal would allow the country's pot lovers to possess up to an ounce of the currently-prohibited flower, and grow up to six plants at home. It would also allow for "cannabis social clubs" in which groups of tokers may produce pot together.

Mr. Flanagan is a long-time cannabis legalization advocate who was once arrested for mailing over 200 joints to the Irish Parliament and trying to deliver a pot plant to the minister responsible for drug policy. In 2004 he was elected to his county council, then to mayor in 2010 before winning a Parliament seat in 2011. Earlier this year, he told The Journal  that he no longers uses cannabis in Ireland, but still lights up in Amsterdam.

The proposal will be considered November 8, and Irish pot activists are organizing around the date. The legislator expects cannabis legalization to earn the country hundreds of millions of euros. "If cannabis is legalised, we can make a shopping list out of the amount of money which legalising cannabis will save this country," Flanagan told the Irish Times.