IRELAND: “Ireland is ready for the legalization of cannabis,” according to Roscommon TD Luke Ming Flanagan, who today published his Cannabis Regulation Bill 2013.
Mr Flanagan estimated that the legalization of cannabis could generate up to €300 million through tax revenues and the freeing up of resources. However, he stressed this was an estimate and it was not possible to know for sure what savings might be made.
“If cannabis is legalized, we can make a shopping list out of the amount of money which legalizing cannabis will save this country,” said the TD.
These savings could, he said, lead to the reversal of the recent Budget cuts including cuts to the bereavement grant, cuts to young people’s social welfare payments and the abolition of the telephone allowance.