Public Consultation on Possession of Illegal Drugs for Personal Use

A public consultation has today (31st May) been launched on the possession of illegal drugs for personal use.  The consultation seeks the views of the public on the effectiveness of the current law and on what alternatives could be considered. The purpose of this public consultation is to inform the deliberations of a Working Group set up under Reducing Harm, Supporting Recovery to examine alternative approaches for personal possession of illegal drugs.

Minister Catherine Byrne encourages anybody with an interest in this issue to participate in the consultation. She is especially anxious to hear the views of young people and families who may be impacted by the current legislation.

The consultation can be accessed via an online questionnaire at

The questionnaire can be accessed on phone, tablet or computer and should take less than 15 minutes to complete. The public consultation will end on the 30thJune.