Tuesday, February 1, 2011

General Elections - Replies from Politicans

I recently emailed politicians and potential politicians who are contesting the upcoming elections to query their stance on cannabis prohibition.
As I get replies I will inform everyone of their response.

List of politicians who favor ending prohibition or medical use (Read this list also)


February 9th:


Sean Kelly - MEP - Fianna Gael

"Thank you for getting in touch. I am not an expert on this area, and would have to listen to all sides and views before making up my mind. I am very concerned about the activities of drug barons, and the effects of drug abuse on society. As President of the GAA, I set up a programme which is operating throughout the GAA called ASAP (Alcohol & Substance Abuse Programme). Their views on this matter would be very important to me."

Socialist Workers Party - Party Policy

"James O'Toole here from the SWP. Just to let you know we are completely opposed to prohibition."

Liam Aylward - MEP - Fianna Fail

"I am not in favour of this"


February 8th:


Fís Nua - Party Policy

"Decriminalisation of recreational drug users, in line with the Portuguese model. Drug users would be treated sympathetically within the medical model with access to clean needles, health checkups and advice from medical personnel, access to counseling and rehabilitation programmes. Socially, this would go a long way to preventing backstreet dealership, robberies, health problems etc. We would also seek legislation in favour of the medicinal use of cannabis."

Feargal Quinn - Senator - Independent - Dublin County

"I don't agree!"

Charlie O'Connor - TD - Fianna Fail - Dublin South-West

"We oppose the legalisation of cannabis. However, the Minister for Drugs said he would give consideration of the legalisation of cannabis for medicinal use."


February 7th:


Martin Ferris - TD - Sinn Fein - Kerry North

"I am aware of various issues concerning the use of cannabis and its use for medicinal purposes. That needs to be looked at.

However, I would not favour lifting the prohibition of cannabis use at the present time."

Dan Boyle - Senator - Green Party - Cork South Central

"I'd favour its relaxation for medicinal use."

Dermot Lacey - Councillor - Labour Party - Pembroke-Rathmines Dublin

"Thank you for your message to the Labour Party. Just for the record as a Party we do not support the removal of the prohibition on Cannabis. We are not convinced that making legal another drug is beneficial for society."

Aine Kilroy - The Fine Gael Campaign Team 2011.

"Fine Gael has no plans to legalise cannabis."


January 20th:


Bernard J. Durkan - TD - Fine Gael - Kildare North

"I'm sorry I do not agree with the lifting of the ban on cannabis."


January 17th:


Eamon Gilmore - Leader of the Labour Party

"The situation is that at a previous Conference the Party agreed to look at this matter but no conclusion has been reached. At this stage therefore the Party does not have any proposal to change the law in this area."

Dermot Lacey on behalf of Eamon Gilmore


January 16th:


Maureen O'Sullivan - TD - Independent - Dublin Central

"I am not into legalising mood altering drugs. However, I do think
there could be a case for it being medically prescribed for certain
illnesses where I understand it has been having some positive effects."

January 5th:

Joe Higgins - MEP - Socalist Party - Dublin West

"The answer is yes we oppose the prohibition of cannabis."

December 31st:

Dr.Bill Tormey - Councillor - Fine Gael - Dublin North-West

He gave a very long and positive response and replied to further emails on the matter.

"I think that all drugs should be licensed and quality controlled. If
adults are stupid enough to poison themselves, they should do this
with full knowledge and aforethought. The drugs war is lost and is
causing a huge amount of harm."

List of politicians who favor ending prohibition or medical use (Read this list also)

6 comments:

deckster said...

that last chaps got my vote !1

pvdw_79 said...

dr bill for tioaseach lol seems to me like he talks sence

Peter Reynolds said...

I would expect pretty much the same responses in the UK.

Isn't ignorance and apathy just everywhere!

ben said...

il be voting for the ones who do support legalization

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ben said...

Politicians That Support Prohibition Support Organized Crime Simple As