Saturday, November 7, 2015

Ireland is already a
pretty surreal place — all that green, all that history, all that myth, all
that Guinness.
But the Emerald Isle is about to get even more fantastical.
Related: Dream Jobs: I'm a S'mores Expert at the Ritz Carlton Irish drugs
minister Aodhán Ó Ríordáin is aiming to legalize the possession of small
amounts of cocaine and cannabis for personal use.
Granted, his effort is part
of a larger aim to destigmatize addiction, complete with a plan to create safe
environments for treating heroin users.
As he told the Irish Times, "I am
firmly of the view that there needs to be a cultural shift in how we regard
substance misuse if we are to break this cycle and make a serious attempt to
tackle drug and alcohol addiction." Related: Is the New British Passport
Sexist? This is a small step compared to the legalization of cannabis in
Colorado and Washington state, where dispensaries can legally sell
recreational bud.
In Ireland, the sale and distribution of drugs would still
be a crime — but the global trend toward legalization is definitely gaining
momentum, and this could be a movement in that direction (Amsterdam has long
been legal, various U.S.
states are following suite, and Uruguay has a program
now too).
Related: It's 420! The Best Pot Tourism Spots Around the Globe Noble
goals aside, the legalization of pot could also be a huge boon for Ireland's
tourism industry.
For comparison, marijuana was legalized in Colorado at the
end of 2013 — and in 2014, the state saw a record number of
(Tourism officials argue that weed wasn't the only reason people
were flocking to the state, but they have to say that, right?) A new industry
of pot tourism has sprouted in Washington, too.
Related: Stunning Scenery from Ireland You Don't Want to Miss While
waiting to see if this proposal becomes a reality and where this first step
might lead, Irish folks still have plenty to be happy about.
Dublin was
recently voted the second friendliest city in the world, and the video that
VisitDublin made about the honor is nothing short of hilarious.
Maybe the
people behind it were smoking something? This story originally appeared on

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