Prosecutions for possession of cannabis for personal use fell dramatically in Ireland over the past year, mainly because perpetrators received warnings instead of being brought to justice.
The number of people charged or summoned for possession was lower in the year to mid-December than in 2020, according to garda figures. The decline in law enforcement shows that Ireland is following the global trend towards decriminalizing the drug.
Last month, Malta became the first country in Europe to allow the limited cultivation and possession of cannabis for personal use, following a vote in its parliament. Luxembourg is expected to adopt a similar measure shortly, while several other EU countries, including Germany and the Netherlands, are also planning a more lenient approach.
Cannabis is the most widely used illicit drug in the world
The Garda statistics