Esctasy, ketamine and magic mushrooms are drugs that are classified as “Class A” drugs in Ireland. Though folks looking for a powerful blast to the mind love the stuff, they face real punishment if caught with them. However, due to a critical loophole in Irish legislation, these drugs were legalized for 24 hours on Tuesday.
The center of focus in this controversy is the 1977 Misuse of Drugs Act. Earlier Tuesday morning, the Irish Court of Appeal this morning ruled that act was unconstitutional. As a result, all of the drugs it prohibited (ecstasy, ketamine, magic mushrooms) were all legalized.
In response to the legalization of these drugs, Irish officials sat together to pass emergency legislation to make the drugs illegal again. Though the bill was rushed through the proper channels, it could not be honored until the day after it was signed.
According to The Independent:
In what it deemed a “constitutional issue of far-reaching importance”, the three-judge Court of Appeal unanimously declared a regulation making the possession of methylethcathinone (known as 4-Mec or Snow Blow) illegal now invalid, as the 1977 Act was being added to without consultation of the Oireachtas (Irish parliament).
The Department of Health issued an explanatory memorandum saying that as a result of the judgement, “all substances controlled by means of Government Orders made under section 2(2) cease to be controlled with immediate effect, and their possession ceases to be an offence. These include ecstasy, benzodiazepines and new psychoactive substances, so-called ‘headshop drugs’”.
Valium was one of the other drugs that was legalized. The issue was supposed to be resolved by midnight on Thursday.