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What the world thought of Ireland accidentally legalising ecstasy and a load of other drugs


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ECSTASY IS LEGAL in Ireland right now. So are ketamine and magic mushrooms.

But only until 12am Thursday.

That’s because of a Court of Appeal ruling which meant that possession of certain drugs was made legal.

The news, not surprisingly, spread faster than you could tweet ‘certain drugs are legal in Ireland now’.

International publications took two overall approaches: they were either downright factual about the whole thing, or took the mick out of us. Some even went so far as to colour-theme their stock drug photos.

On the factual side of things, we had these headlines:

daily news drugs Source: Daily News

drugs Source: Business Insider

There were those who emphasised the ‘accidental’ angle, which left us a bit morto for ourselves:

independent Source: The Independent

irish central drugs Source: Irish Central

the week drugs Source: The Week


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The majority of headlines did take a slightly more jovial approach:

guardian drugs Source: The Guardian

buzzfeed drugs Source: Buzzfeed

wonkblog Source: Washington Post

thrillist Source: Thrillist

But one publication (stand up, Vice), was positively triumphant:

vice drugs Source: Vice

The new law will be signed today. If you’re confused about how this situation could develop in the first place, here’s our explainer.

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