Ireland’s government screw-up makes drugs legal for a day
Good news, ’90s club kids: The possession of drugs like mushrooms, ecstasy, meth and ketamine has been decriminalized for a few days thanks to a legal loophole. On Tuesday, an appeals court ruled that the Misuse of Drugs Act 1977 was expanded unconstitutionally in 2010 after 100 newer drugs were added to the law’s jurisdiction, as prompted by a 2012 case where a man challenged the validity of the laws upon which he was charged. Apparently, the drugs were added to the law without an actual vote from parliament.
During an emergency session of Irish parliament held on Tuesday night, the 100 drugs were made illegal, but the new laws won’t go into effect until the stroke of midnight on Wednesday night/Thursday morning at the earliest. However, Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has some words of caution for people who are planning to treat this drug-friendly grace period like an early ’90s Happy Mondays show.
“They all have very significant health risks that outweigh any perceived recreational benefits,” Varadkar warned, via RTE News.
Okay, dude. Whatever.
Of course, this weird loophole only applies to possession. People caught buying or selling drugs are still shit out of luck. For everyone else, this is a gentler, less homocidal version of “The Purge.“