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Ecstasy And Shrooms Legalized In Ireland Until Thursday

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Ecstasy and other drugs, including psychedelic mushrooms, are legal in Ireland until Thursday at 12:00 a.m., and that’s only if the new emergency bill gets passed.

The news appears to have been broken by the Irish Times who indicated in a report that the country’s Minister for Health Leo Varadkar had confirmed that “magic mushrooms” and ecstasy were amongst the drugs legalized as a result of a Tuesday morning declaration by the Irish Court of Appeal in which the 1977 Misuse of Drugs Act was deemed unconstitutional.

Mr. Varadkar was quoted by in the Irish Times report as having said that his “objective as Minister for Health is to protect public health and that’s why we are going to bring this emergency legislation to ban possession of these substances.”

He went on to say that the recently legalized drugs “all have very significant health risks” which he claimed to “outweigh any perceived recreational benefits.”

They all have very significant health risks that outweigh any perceived recreational benefits.

Two recent studies on psychedelics and mental health problems found no link between the two after analyzing data from more than 135,000 randomly selected survey participants, 19,000 of which had used psychedelic drugs. The study was limited to what were referred to as the “classic” psychedelics which included magic mushrooms, or to be more specific, the active ingredient in magic mushrooms: psilocybin. The studies did not pertain to the drug ecstasy.

Ecstasy’s chemical name is 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA); sometimes referred to as “Molly” or stylized as “XTC.” It’s a derivative of amphetamine capable of inducing a feeling of euphoria in users.

The Court of Appeal ruling came as a result of a case brought to the High Court in which a Lithuanian-born man, Stanislav Bederev, was being prosecuted for possession of methylethcathinone. The man’s lawyers challenged the prosecution of their client by arguing that it’s unlawful for the substance, which is known as “4-Mec” or “Snow Blow,” to be on the controlled drug list because there are no policies and principles guiding the introduction of such rules.

The Department issued a statement in which they said that “possession of certain newer psychoactive substances which have been added to the Misuse of Drugs Act 1977 by successive governments. However, we are advised that sale and supply of psychoactive substances remains an offence under existing legislation.”

In regards to the unintended impact of the recent ruling, the Department indicated in the statement that there “is always a degree of uncertainty about the outcome of court cases.”

Mr. Varadkar is scheduled to introduce the emergency legislation later on Tuesday with the intention that it will pass through all of the stages within 24 hours.

To clarify, while certain drugs such as ecstasy and shrooms have been legalized until at least Thursday, older drugs such as heroin, cocaine and cannabis are still illegal.

VICE points out in a report that plane tickets from New York to Dublin, Ireland are currently around $700.

Are you planning on making a quick trip out to Ireland for a couple of days of legal drug-laden partying?

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