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NUI Galway Students' Union to hold referendum on cannabis legalisation

Luke Ming Flanagan and Garda whistleblower John Wilson will speak at an information night ahead of the vote.

Image: Louisa Billeter via Flickr

NUI GALWAY STUDENTS’ Union has announced it will hold a referendum on 5 March to ask students if they feel the SU should adopt a position on the legalisation of cannabis.

The SU made the announcement yesterday, telling students they would be asked if they agreed with the following proposition:

“That NUI Galway Student’s Union actively supports the legalisation and regulation of the cultivation, sale and possession of cannabis for adults age 18 and over.”

It will be a simple Yes/No vote.

Source: NUI Galway Students' Union

Ahead of the voting, the college’s Students for Sensible Drug Policy society are hosting an information night. Cannabis legalisation advocate and MEP Luke Ming Flanagan will be outlining his views on why students should vote Yes.

Source: Students for Sensible Drug Policy Ireland via Facebook

Flanagan has previously brought legislation before the Dáil as a TD, which would have seen the legalisation and regulation of the sale of the drug in Ireland.

Garda whistleblower John Wilson is also scheduled to speak at the free event at the university.

The students’ union said the referendum was requested by 500 of its members.

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