“[The committee]… is inviting public submissions on its drug policy review, and in particular, if an alternative approach to the possession of small quantities of illicit drugs for personal use should be considered… The Committee is keen to hear from interested organisations and individuals in Ireland on whether a similar approach to the classification of small quantities of drugs should be considered here.”

Prior to making a submission to the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality on drug policy review, USI engaged in a consultation process with member organisations and students’ unions to ascertain their views. On July 17th 2015, USI National Council formally adopted a stance that called for USI to support a call for decriminalisation of drugs, with a view to taking a similar approach to the one Portugal took in 2001.


Read the full submission here: