Deputy Luke Flanagan is planning to introduce legislation to the Irish Parliament next month that would legalize, regulate, and tax both recreational and medical marijuana. While Flanagan has yet to reveal specifics of his plan, he told the press that the regulations would be strict and tightly controlled by the Justice Minister.
Flanagan’s Cannabis Regulation Bill 2013 will be presented Nov. 6 before his fellow representatives in the lower house. The bill would also have to meet the approval of the upper house and the President of Ireland.
Flanagan’s proposal would make it so the government would oversee the sales, advertising, and labeling for both recreational and medical marijuana dispensaries. The regulations would also require licensing for both commercial and homegrowers.
Homegrows would be limited to 6 plants and personal possession would be limited to up to one ounce of marijuana at a time. Children would not be allowed to live in a home where marijuana was being grown.
A new government agency would be created to educate the public on cannabis, similar to current alcohol awareness programs in the country. Marijuana advertising will be restricted more so than alcohol.
While the bill is strict, it would allow something that many other places with legalized marijuana do not: public consumption. Flanagan proposes the institution of cannabis clubs, similar to coffeeshops in the Netherlands, which would allow people to socialize and smoke in a public place.
Flanagan has been an outspoken advocate for marijuana for years. The lawmakers has been sent to jail for marijuana possession several times himself.