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Headshop Bill welcomed but still shortsighted – Ó Snodaigh

2 July, 2010 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

Speaking in the Dáil this afternoon on the Criminal Justice ( Psychoactive Substances) Bill 2010 , Sinn Féin Spokesperson for Justice Aengus Ó Snodaigh said that the Bill which the Government has brought forward is a narrow Justice Bill which unfortunately still does not go far enough in seriously dealing with the blight that is Headshops.

He said that although the ban introduced in May was better late than never, the Government had performed disgracefully by failing to act for so long.

Ó Snodaigh said:

“The current legal provisions for responding to this threat are not up to the task. They are too slow, too cumbersome. Even since the May ban which proscribed a list of substances took effect more new drugs have been invented to replace them. Research conducted by Dr. Pierce Kavanagh of Trinity College found that just one month after the ban was introduced nine new substances mimicking illegal drugs were available in the head shops.

“Sinn Féin anticipated that this would be the case and so in April I published the first piece of legislation to comprehensively address all the psychoactive substances sold from head shops, via the internet and by home delivery into the future.

“It was and remains my strong view that an infrastructure, bringing together the experience and expertise of Scientists, the medical profession, the pharmaceutical industry, those working in the area of addiction treatment, the community and Gardaí, is needed to keep pace with the multi-million euro legal highs research and development industry.” ENDS

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