Luck O’ The Irish Be With You? Street Drugs Now Legal, Straight Marriage Maybe Not


Don’t think we’re ripped or anything, because it’s true, but some Irish lawmakers might be. Just consider two rather strange events that occured in its government on March 10th alone.

In the merry Emerald Isle, Happy Pills and Disco Biscuits are no longer illegal to possess – if only for this one day – after a strange, if not completely bong-baked, court ruling. And not just ecstasy, but crystal meth, ketamine, ‘shrooms, benzodiazepine, and about 120 other illegal drugs became legal to possess, as well, and all because of a bizarre error from almost 40 years ago.

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Members of Irish government might have been poppin’ to the news themselves, too, however, because a recently proposed referendum also has some messed-up wordage. An effort to legalize gay marriage could do just that – but might make heterosexual marriage against the law due to funky translation.

A March 10th ruling from the Irish Court of Appeal says an original law that banned particular drugs was passed by the wrong branch of Ireland’s government. (We don’t know Gaelic very well, and started giggling too much after trying to say “Oireachtas,” which started to sound a lot like “Doritos,” and that made us hungry – so just read this next excerpt from the Irish Daily Mirror):

The Irish Court of Appeal this morning ruled on a case that dealt with substances harmful to people’s health under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1977, Section 2 (2).

A man being prosecuted for possession of methylethcathinone (cat, snow blow) had brought a challenge to the High Court saying that current regulations were unconstitutional.

Though the High Court had ruled in the Government’s favour this time last year, the Court of Appeal ruled in his favour today.

Essentially the court ruled that some orders by ministers (the Government) to make possession of certain drugs illegal, that were given since the 1977 Act came into power, were actually unconstitutional because they should have been voted on by the Oireachtas – the Dail and Seanad.

And they weren’t, which is a problem because under Article 15 of our constitution, only the Oireachtas can make laws. The Government was basically deciding alone what drugs to control, the Court of Appeal said.

Don’t roll up too quickly, though, and don’t roll up your sleeves, either. Dopes like marijuana, LSD, heroin, and cocaine are not included, and remain illegal for possession, the Mirror says. And while carrying any of the other 120 might be okay for the day, selling it is still against the law. Ireland’s parliament is very likely to pass a new and properly-worded law that will go into effect on March 12.

McParliament itself might need to put down the bong first, though.  On the same day that its street drug law was overturned, members of Ireland’s government learned that a referendum to approve gay marriage has a problem in translation – literally.

Irish law is recorded in both English and traditional Gaelic. The English version of the referendum allows same-sex marriage; the wordage of its Gaelic translation, though, defines marriage to be between two men or two women.

As a result, then, any male-female mixture could be found unconstitutional, The Irish Times reports.

Hopefully, the Emerald Isle will straighten out the errors quickly, and learn from these mistakes. But until March 12th, every meth-using hetero might have license to tell Irish government to “Pog mo Thoin.”


H/T: Irish Daily Mirror | Image: Radspunk via Wikipedia (modified)

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