‘Why have a Citizen’s Assembly at all?’ - How the mood around drug prosecutions changed

The Citizen’s Assembly voted to end the current system of prosecuting people caught with illegal drugs for personal use

Paul Reid at the Citizens Assembly on drugs at the Grand Hotel Malahide. Photo: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie

A clear rejection of the status quo approach to drug use was apparent before the final vote at last’s week Citizen’s Assembly, Paul Reid has said.

The former head of the HSE who chaired the Citizen’s Assembly on drug use said it became apparent to him last month that there was a strong appetite to change Ireland’s strict drug laws.

He described how, after hours of testimony from garda representatives who advocated to retain the ...