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"Business as usual": If gardaí find you with drugs, you'll be prosecuted

It’s probably best not to take any chances.

GARDAÍ HAVE SAID it’s “business as usual” in terms of anyone they find in possession of drugs today.

Yesterday, the Dáil had to sit late to pass emergency legislation in order to reclassify certain drugs – including ecstasy and magic mushrooms – as illegal following a court ruling which has temporarily made them legal.

The Seanad debated the bill today, before signing off on the legislation.

A spokesperson from the Garda Press Office said no increase in drug seizures was noted yesterday.

He told us that legislation remains in place for gardaí to “stop and search people who we believe may be in possession of illegal drugs”.

Anyone found in possession of drugs will face prosecution, he added.

“We will continue to enforce the [Misuse of Drugs Act].”

Yesterday Health Minister Leo Varadkar explained that while certain drugs are temporarily legal, it’s still illegal to sell, supply, export or import such substances.

Background: Loophole means ecstasy and loads of other drugs are now legal (but only until Thursday)

Read: The law to ban ecstasy and loads of other drugs should be signed later today

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