433 Dr. Upton asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the plans, if any, he has to pressure the Netherlands and other EU jurisdictions, where certain drugs have been decriminalised or tolerated, into reversing their experiment. [21566/97]
Written Answers. - Illicit Drugs.
I am of course concerned at any decriminalisation of illicit drugs and the development of practices in certain EU countries which may reflect a tolerance of certain illicit drugs. The Irish Government is opposed to the decriminalisation of drugs, including the so called "soft drugs". The Government is conscious that tolerance of drugtaking may send the wrong message to our vulnerable young people, if not provide them with an avenue of access to drugs.