Irish momentum on cannabis increases
It is not often that you get a billionaire, a minister of state and a priest at the same table discussing cannabis decriminalization, but then Ireland has its own, very particular way of doing things. The country has a cannabis culture that is buried deep below the surface. Alcohol is embraced with abandonment but cannabis production and sale is controlled by criminal gangs. This has not helped bring the subject to public attention, especially as a drugs turf war rages in some parts of the country. Last Friday evening, an event by CityWide Drugs Crisis Campaign was organized. They gathered Billionaire Richard Branson, Minister Aodhan O Riordain, Father Peter McVerry and representatives from the leading Irish drugs activist groups.
After watching a great anti-war on drugs movie (Breaking The Taboo), there was a question and answer session. It is clear that the war on drugs has been an utter failure. It also seems that at least one Irish Minister of State is serious about drug reform. He spoke about a culture of victim blaming for drug addicts. These addicts are caught in a vicious cycle and need medical and social help rather than a steel and concrete cage. Obviously Praguepot is only interested in cannabis, so when Minister O Riordain talked about moving to the Portuguese model, that is big step forward for Irish cannabis.
Cannabis can unlock a truly organic society. Growing your own medicine and moving to natural plastics and fuel rather than petrol-chemical can finally give our planet a break from the hysterical consumerist society we live in today. The Irish public needs cannabis to treat illness and as a healthy alternative to alcohol. Cannabis is a wonder drug for the prevention of one of Irelands greatest medical scourges, diabetes. As an activist, only the unrestricted access to the cannabis plant is good enough. Irish cannabis users need to stand up and be counted. Join a group or establish your own cannabis social club. It is in our own hands to end prohibition. We need to communicate with the wider public about the health and social benefits of the plant.
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