The Emerald Isle known for its fields of green (grass), poets, the harp, pints of Guinness and seshing a bit too much. Ireland has the second highest consumption of alcohol per capita in the world, which is truly astonishing but comes as no surprise. Inhabitants of the Irish nation are no stranger to alcohol – in 2014 more than half 54% of 18-24-year olds were deemed as harmful drinkers which equates to 1.35 million harmful drinkers in Ireland – so, yeah, a stranger we are not. But what is our relationship with dry herb? A substance that is rarely spoken of in relation to the Irish people.
Dry Herb and Ireland
Dry herb in Ireland is currently heavily controlled and mandated under the Misuse of Drugs Act, 1977 deeming production, distribution and possession of any amount(s) unlawful. If you are caught with dry herbs in Ireland, you can face hefty fines and even jail-time. However, does that mean that no Irish residents smoke the substance? Absolutely, not. In fact, many of Irelands young people think dry herb should be legalized.
Reports by the EU Commission
A report by the European Commission found that the majority of young people living in Ireland, aged 15-24 support the legislation of dry herb. Irish teenagers surveyed were well below the European average for alcohol use in the last 30 days (35% versus 48%), and heavy episodic drinking in the last 30 days (28% versus 35%). As for dry herb, though, a different story is told, Irish teens prove higher than the European Average standing at 7% versus 5%.
Taoiseach Leo Varadakar has stated that he has put together a consideration group to start consulting what benefits dry herb legislation could bring to this country. Varadakar speaking after a visit from Justin Trudeau, Canadas Prime Minister, who just recently legalized dru herb said that cannabis legislation and regulation wouldn’t have the “sky falling in”.
Do Young Irish People Use Dry Herb?
While there are no conclusive studies that tell us if young Irish people are choosing dry herb over alcohol, it is obvious that they are using it. Perhaps even in conjunction with alcohol and to that we say safe seshing, young people of this nation!
Keep Mobilizing and Organizing!
With young Irish political groups egging on their senior party members to cop on and listen to young people's concerns, perhaps the grass won't be the only thing green in Ireland in the near future.