Weekly Roundup: April 19th

Hello and welcome to the weekly roundup where each Sunday we look back at some of the news items making the headlines over the past seven days.

On Monday it was reported that a one-armed golfer had his possession case struck out in court when he paid €300 to charity

On Monday an article on TheJournal.ie assessed does Sydney have the solution to Dublin’s public drug-taking problem?

On Tuesday it was reported that cannabis worth €500,000 was seized by gardaí in Cork

On Tuesday it was reported that former drugs minister Róisín Shortall said there appeared to be a “reluctance” within the Department of Health to bring in long-awaited regulations to address widespread abuse of prescription drugs

On Wednesday it was reported that two were arrested following the seizure of €100,000 worth of cannabis in Athlone

On Wednesday it was reported that Garda seized cannabis worth €200,000 in Meath

On Thursday a High Court judge said Ireland failed to adequately comply with its obligations under EU law towards victims of human trafficking. The case was taken by a victim of trafficking who was found locked in a cannabis growhouse

On Thursday an article entitled ‘Medical marvel: the uses of cannabis continue to grow’ appeared in the Irish Times and looked at the growing list of medical uses for cannabis compounds

On Thursday there were calls from Fianna Fail for a minister for drugs as their new substance misuse strategy was launched

On Thursday the Migrants Rights Centre called for an independent review of 70 cases of people who may have been smuggled into Ireland and forced to work in cannabis grow-houses

On Thursday a Polish man was charged in connection with the seizure of an estimated €460,000 worth of cannabis

On Friday it was reported that a ruling on human trafficking relating to a woman trafficked to grow cannabis could see the state hit for damages and have wider legal implications

On Saturday it was reported that a cannabis dealer’s life is in danger as he is a target for two different drug gangs

On Saturday it emerged that a woman was fined €150 for having €50 worth of cannabis

On Saturday it emerged that a man was arrested following the seizure of cannabis plants and resin worth an estimated €460,000

On Saturday it emerged that a man has been sent forward for trial for the possession of cannabis worth over €13,000

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