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Move to outlaw sale of magic mushrooms welcomed

31 January, 2006


Sinn Féin Justice spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD has welcomed the Táinaiste Mary Harney’s commitment today to outlaw the sale of magic mushrooms in this state. Speaking today Deputy Ó Snodaigh said it was regrettable that it had taken “the tragic death of a young man and the courage of his family in highlighting the issue to get the government to act.”

He said, “I welcome Minister Harney’s commitment today to outlaw the sale of magic mushrooms in this state. I would advocate that the amendment to the Misuse of Drugs Act should be introduced as a stand alone bill in order to facilitate speedy passage given the likely cross party support. Once outlawed, all existing stocks of magic mushrooms in shops across the state should be confiscated and destroyed. 

“The loophole in the law that has allowed the sale of these drugs to continue should have been closed when the British Government identified a similar loophole in their system last year. Regrettably it took the tragic death of a young man and the courage of his family in highlighting the issue to get the government to act.” ENDS

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