The Irish Court of Appeal this morning found the 1977 Misuse of Drugs Act to be unconstitutional. The ruling had immediate unintended consequences — namely, making the drugs prohibited by the law technically legal.
As news spreads that a host of Class A drugs are now temporarily legal in Ireland, the Dáil, one branch of Irish parliament, plans to sit tonight to pass new legislation to ban the drugs.
Although the legislators will certainly rush the bill through, The Independent reports that it contains a provision stating the law won’t take effect until the day after its signature. Unless there’s some change, previously illegal drugs like magic mushrooms, ketamine and ecstasy all reside in a legal gray area for at least the rest of the day. At least 125 other substances, including cannabis and heroin, remain illegal in the nation.
The Department of Health issued a memorandum to clarify that, as a result of the recent decision, “all substances controlled by means of Government Orders made under section 2(2) cease to be controlled with immediate effect, and their possession ceases to be an offence. These include ecstasy, benzodiazepines and new psychoactive substances, so-called ‘headshop drugs.’”
The Health Minister in the Dáil may consider a Misuse of Drugs Amendment Bill between 8 p.m. and 11 p.m., postponing other bills so the Dáil can prevent people from getting high without consequences.