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Loophole means ecstasy, crystal meth and ketamine are legal in Ireland

NewsBy Morgan Flanagan Creagh
Loophole means ecstasy, crystal meth and ketamine are legal in Ireland

This morning’s ruling in the Court of Appeal on the Misuse of Drugs Act 1977 now means that certain drugs are effectively legal in Ireland.

Substances like the party drugs ecstasy, horse tranquiliser ketamine and the drug famed in Breaking Bad, crystal Meth, are now all legal.

In response the Government will now be forced to rush through emergency legislation in the Dail tonight to close the loophole.

Reports indicate that the judgment has no implications for the approximately 125 substances, including cannabis, heroin and cocaine, as they are outlawed by another area of the bill.

Health Minister Leo Varadkar is to bring the Misuse of Drugs Amendment Bill 2015 to the Dail this evening for a three hour debate. All stages of the bill are to be discussed before a vote is taken.

The bill will then go the Seanad tomorrow morning before being sent to President Michael D Higgins for his signature.