Amnesty is backing calls to decriminalise the possession of drugs for personal use.
The move by Amnesty Ireland coincides with a forthcoming global policy by Amnesty International advocating the policy change.
The intervention comes as a State working group is finalising a report on the issue for the Government.
The Irish Examiner reported last January that the group was considering recommending retaining criminalisation of possession for personal use, but that it should be dealt with by a diversion programme in which users would be sent for a health intervention rather than to the courts.
Source: Irish Examiner, March 5th 2019