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Rosslare cannabis seizure welcomed – Ó Snodaigh

29 April, 2008


Sinn Féin Justice Spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD has welcomed the seizure of €8million worth of cannabis in Rosslare this morning. Speaking today Deputy Ó Snodaigh said the cannabis market makes up a significant proportion of the overall illegal drugs market in Ireland and is a market for which criminals are more than willing to kill their rivals to maintain control.

He said, "The seizure of such a large quantity of cannabis in Rosslare this morning is a welcome development and I congratulate those officers involved.

"The value of this quantity of drugs, at €8million, puts an end to the myth that cannabis is some sort of harmless, recreational drug. This trade is contributing directly to the shootings and pipe-bomb attacks that we are witnessing almost on a daily basis now.

"The cannabis market makes up a significant proportion of the illegal drugs trade in Ireland and €8millilon is certainly something which criminals are all too willing to kill their rivals for.

"If we are to successfully tackle the drugs crisis in Ireland then we need to end the myth that cannabis is a harmless, recreational drug. The simple fact is that it is not. Cannabis has been shown to have a severe impact on the mental health of those who use it. While some people have shown a tolerance for the drug the longer it is used on a regular basis the more likely the user is to be affected.

"Cocaine is another drug which has somehow become socially acceptable and has been described as recreational and not addictive. Again this view of such a lethal drug must be challenged. Cocaine is a highly addictive and dangerous drug which can have many consequences for the mental health of its users including paranoia, psychosis and erratic behaviour. This drug has also caused many sudden deaths over the past year and is will undoubtedly cause more.

"The cocaine clinic plans announced last year by the Government, which were to be a key part of their response to the cocaine epidemic, have now been scrapped. The Government needs to stop making promises and start delivering real solutions to the drug crisis." ENDS

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