Is it illegal to have cannabis seeds in ireland

Heavy price for growing your own

MANY unsuspecting neighbours are oblivious to what may be happening in the house next door to them.

The manufacture of illegal drugs is rampant. Vacant and rented houses in both rural and urban locations and large unused warehouses have been converted into cannabis “grow factories”.

And it’s not only prominent criminal gangs that have focused on grow-your-own operations that run into tens and hundreds of thousands of euro.

Many people, not known in a criminal sense to gardaí, are taking chances of growing cannabis for personal use or for distribution among close friends.

It’s not rocket science to grow and cultivate cannabis.

Cannabis plant seeds are openly available, especially over the internet and, within six weeks or so, the plants reach maturity and are ready for cultivation.

According to senior gardaí, the number of people getting involved in producing homegrown cannabis has increased significantly in recent times and, as a result, seizures are also increasing.

In one operation alone last year, codenamed Operation Nitrogen, gardaí raided 60 major cannabis-growing factories around the country and seized plants with a street value in excess of €6m. A fully mature plant is estimated to be worth €400 and, in some cases, they are being grown in their thousands by criminals.

At the time of Operation Nitrogen, Garda commissioner Martin Callinan said organised crime gangs had shifted to this type of production following the closure of head shops and because it was a low-maintenance, high-return activity.

Operation Nitrogen was set up by the Garda National Drugs Unit to specifically investigate the increase in cannabis being produced and sold in Ireland.

However, while there is no doubt that criminals are getting involved in the practice on a larger scale, there is also believed to be a significant increase in the ordinary punter growing their own.

Some grow the plants solely for themselves, while other grow the plants to sell on to a small and trusted circle of friends.

In part, the switch to homegrown cannabis is said to have been down to American airstrikes on a major opium-growing region in Afghanistan, with the result that heroin wasn’t getting into this country.

In addition, gardaí said the recession had led to people having less money to spend on drugs and, because they couldn’t afford heroin or cocaine, they were turning to cannabis instead.

In November, scientists at the Forensic Science Laboratory said herbal cannabis cultivated in sophisticated grow houses across the country is more potent and more likely to cause psychosis than imported herb and resin.

Tests showed skunk or weed produced from cannabis factories have higher levels of the psychoactive component tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

Des Corrigan, the chairman of National Advisory Committee on Drugs, said many of the plants being grown here are genetically selected to ensure they produce high levels of THC, but they also lack a substance called CBD, which seems to protect the brain from the effects of THC, which can include psychosis.

The bigger drugs manufacturers have turned to converting all sorts of properties into cannabis growing operations.

They prefer the secluded nature of backwater areas because they are less likely to be detected.

Last week, gardaí discovered an estimated €800,000-worth of cannabis plants being cultivated in a disused factory in East Cork. It was reportedly the biggest growhouse ever discovered in the county.

A few days earlier, a stroke of luck led to the discovery of a growhouse in Skibbereen.

Firemen putting out a blaze at a house on North St discovered a large number of cannabis plants and alerted gardaí.

The plants were valued at over €200,000. It is believed one of the heaters used to promote the plants’ growth overheated and caused the fire.

Last month, gardaí discovered cannabis plants at a growhouse in an industrial unit in Mullingar which they estimated to be worth €500,000.

West Cork has always been a popular area for growing cannabis.

The climate is mild because of the Gulf Stream and is also remote. In addition, a number of people from foreign countries who like the drug have settled there. However, there are as many “homegrown” culprits as well.

In one operation last year, gardaí aided by a sniffer dog seized more than €200,000 of cannabis in that region.

Gardaí targeted homes and business premises in Kinsale, Ballinspittle, Timoleague and Kilbrittain, and arrested four men.

Snipe the sniffer dog was used again in December when he honed in on a €250,000 cannabis haul near Kilbrin in north-west Cork.

Gardaí were unable to detect the drugs, which were concealed “deeply” within a vehicle.

But Snipe’s acute sense of smell did the business.

On Dec 16, gardaí uncovered a cannabis growhouse during a planned search of a business premises in Duleek, Co Meath, and seized the cannabis plants with a potential street value of up to €400,000.

Also a few days before last Christmas, two men were arrested after gardaí seized €250,000 of cannabis in a house in Mayfield, Cork.

This was a follow-on operation after the discovery of €600,000 of cannabis in Glanmire and Carrigtwohill the previous month.

On Dec 1, gardaí discovered 120 plants at a rented house at Rathcoole, in north-west Cork.

Last September, gardaí discovered 500 cannabis plants at various stages of growth near the village of Collon, Co Louth.

At around the same time, they raided another cannabis growhouse in Co Laois and a second one which was under construction in Co Kildare.

They found 1,500 plants, along with heat, lighting and irrigation systems, in a shed at a house near Portlaoise.

There are varying degrees of growing. Some people do it big time and some don’t.

Take, for example, the case of Daniel Siebold.

Gardaí discovered that he had a small cannabis-growing operation going on in a tent in his bedroom at 63 Riverview Estate in Tower, Blarney.

He pleaded guilty to charges of possession of cannabis for his own use and cultivation of plants of the genus cannabis without a licence.

The value of the drug was assessed by the prosecution at €2,400.

Siebold, 23, was told he could do 240 hours of community service instead of three months in prison.

You don’t have to be young either.

Sionad Jones, 52, a Welsh biochemist, enjoyed growing and smoking her own cannabis.

She pleaded guilty in November to cultivating cannabis (18 plants) and possessing it for her own use.

Jones, of Maughanaclea, Kealkil, Bantry, couldn’t resist telling Cork Circuit Criminal Court that she would have no problem having gardaí come and carry out follow-up checks in her house provided they didn’t bring in mud on their shoes.

Last July, a court heard that a couple with an “alternative lifestyle” in West Cork had €34,000 worth of cannabis plants at their home and used the drug as a system of barter

Barry and Jacqueline Robinson Turner, who are from London and living at Shancashel, Kilmichael, Macroom, Co Cork, pleaded guilty to different charges arising out of the Garda drugs search at a prefab concealed by bales of hay in a haybarn at the back of their home.

A sniffer dog sniffed out the cabin in the hay barn on Sept 2, 2010.

In total, 45 saplings, 32 half-grown plants and 36 fully grown plants were found during the garda search.

Judge Patrick Moran imposed a four-year suspended jail sentence on Barry Robinson Turner and a two-year suspended sentence on Jacqueline Robinson Turner.

The previous May, drug squad gardaí discovered 30 cannabis plants growing in a hairdresser’s attic over the garage at his home.

The house belonged to Manuel Wren, of Wren Lodge, Ballyhilogue, Mourneabbey, Mallow.

Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin ordered him to pay €10,000 to the state so that a three-year jail sentence would be suspended.

Smoking cannabis can be a lifelong habit for some people.

Take the case of a 60-year-old man who had been smoking it for 43 years.

Welshman David Barnes, who lives in Cork, has been smoking cannabis since he was 17 years old.

He was caught with €2,000 of cannabis at his home at Flat 5, Egerton Villas, Military Rd, Cork.

Judge Con O’Leary gave Barnes, who is originally from Swansea, a suspended sentence of two years.

Last May, a Scottish man wasn’t so lucky when he appeared at Cork Circuit Criminal Court.

Judge Patrick Moran heard that Glaswegian Joseph Stevenson — the son of a retired policeman — had turned a five-bed house in Skibbereen into an elaborately laid-out cannabis factory for producing “cut-price weed”.

The court heard that Stevenson, aged 65, had been growing cannabis plants at his home at Tooreen, Skibbereen, for 18 months before he was caught.

He believed in the medicinal qualities of cannabis and used it himself. He also admitted supplying it to eight people.

Gardaí found 320 plants at the house and Judge Moran gave him a five-year jail sentence.

The same month, gardaí discovered a sophisticated cannabis factory located in an isolated East Cork house, with plants worth around €100,000.

The raid took place at a remote dwelling near Ballincurrig, Midleton, and a man in his late 30s was arrested.

Officers discovered upwards of 200 plants, at various stages of growth.

According to gardaí, the plants had a street value of almost €100,000.

They also recovered cannabis-growing equipment including special lighting, heaters and dehumidifiers.

Last April, gardaí attending a traffic accident in North Cork made an unexpected discovery near the scene.

They had been called to the accident near to Buttevant and noticed four plastic refuse bags discarded on the side of the road.

The bags contained some harvested plants and growing paraphernalia.

Superintendent Pat McCarthy said it was possible the owner of the bags “panicked” when they saw what they thought was a checkpoint and threw the bags out of the car.

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The same month, detectives found a sophisticated cannabis factory with plants at various stages of cultivation in a house in Cork City.

The operation was discovered when gardaí swooped on a three-bedroom house in Fair Hill

Gardaí discovered cannabis plants as well as a quantity of cannabis grass which had just been harvested, and dried.

The cannabis was found in the three bedrooms of the house and gardaí estimate the value of the drugs to be €15,000.

Paraphernalia associated with cannabis cultivation was found in the house, including lighting and heating equipment.

A senior garda who has been involved in many drug detections said that landlords, in particular, could help them if their suspicions are aroused.

“If a tenant becomes over-protective of their rented property and won’t let a landlord in to inspect it, then suspicions should be aroused. Landlords should watch out for any structural changes that a tenant might make, which could indicate they might be growing cannabis.

“If an electricity bill becomes much higher than normal that could mean that the tenant is using heaters to accelerate plant growth,” the garda source said.

Cannabis in Ireland – Laws, Use, and History

Cannabis is illegal for recreational use in Ireland, nor can it be sold. However, despite the government’s relatively tough stance on prosecuting offenders, the country is surprisingly liberal regarding CBD and medical cannabis – both of which are legal. Ireland is also capitalising on the economic opportunities that industrial hemp offers.

    • CBD Products
    • Legal
    • Recreational cannabis
    • Illegal
    • Medicinal cannabis
    • Illegal

    Cannabis laws in Ireland

    Can you possess and use cannabis in Ireland?

    Possessing cannabis is illegal in Ireland, under the Misuse of Drugs Acts (1977-2016). Distinctions are made between possession for personal use and possession with intent to supply; and the punishments reflect this.

    If you’re caught with cannabis for the first or second time, you may receive a fine of €1,000 in the District Courts. If the case leads to a conviction by indictment in the High Courts (for example, if the quantity of cannabis was deemed excessive), this fine can be extended to €1,270 for a first offence and €2,540 for a second.

    Offend a third time (or more), and you may face a prison sentence. This is currently up to one year in prison for a summary conviction, and up to three years if you’re convicted on indictment.

    The Criminal Justice (Community Service) Act 2011 means that courts must consider giving a community service order in place of a prison sentence, in all cases where up to a year’s imprisonment is deemed the right punishment.

    Can you sell cannabis in Ireland?

    Selling or supplying cannabis is also illegal in Ireland. Different penalties are imposed depending various factors, such as:

    • The offender’s circumstances
    • The type of drug
    • The quantity of the cannabis seized

    Any sale of controlled drugs such as cannabis can be punished with a fine of up to €2,500. This may also be accompanied by a prison sentence of up to a year.

    For larger quantities, penalties can be as severe as life imprisonment, and the minimum sentence for selling cannabis is currently 10 years if the market value is €13,000 or higher. In 2013, this sentencing regime was protested by the Law Reform Commission, based on its presumptive nature.

    Can you grow cannabis in Ireland?

    Despite the fact that cannabis seeds are openly available in the country, it’s illegal to grow your own cannabis plants in Ireland. Cannabis cultivation equipment is also prohibited (in line with the Psychoactive Substances Act).

    However, this hasn’t stopped some Irish people from attempting to grow it, and figures suggest that incidences of homegrown cannabis are on the rise. One operation alone saw police raid 60 major cannabis-producing factories. They seized plants with a total street value exceeding €6million.

    Is CBD legal in Ireland?

    Irish authorities recognise that CBD (cannabidiol) does not produce psychoactive effects and cannot be used to ‘get high’. As such, the law permits its sale (as long as THC levels are below 0.2%), and it’s not uncommon to see CBD oil in health shops across the country.

    Despite this, CBD is not currently listed as a medical product by the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA). This means that doctors cannot currently prescribe it as a treatment option.

    Some experts, such as Professor David Finn (NUI Galway) are concerned that CBD is not recognised as a medical treatment, and want to see its sale and supply more tightly regulated. “It’s very hard to know exactly what the composition of some of the products is,” he tells The Journal. “Some of them aren’t tested rigorously for quality control. So there can be batch to batch differences.”

    He adds that: “some of these preparations are referred to as CBD oil or cannabis oil, which usually means it’s an oil extracted from the plant. But the cannabis plant is extremely complex, it has over 700 constituents in it, about 114 of these are cannabinoids.”

    In 2018, the FDA in the USA approved Epidiolex as a medicine. It’s believed that Ireland may follow in the footsteps of the USA, and start to recognise CBD as a medical product, which in turn would lead to better regulation.

    Can cannabis seeds be sent to Ireland?

    It’s legal to purchase and sell cannabis seeds in Ireland. You can also legally receive them in the post from other countries. However, using them to grow cannabis plants is illegal.

    Medicinal cannabis in Ireland

    Cannabis was legalised for medical use in 2014. The license was limited to just one product, Sativex, and it could only be prescribed to MS patients. Ongoing disagreements regarding pricing and distribution mean that, at the time of writing, Ireland has yet to issue a single prescription for it.

    The Department of Health issued a statement in 2018, claiming that officials had met with regulatory bodies and other stakeholders in cannabis production and supply, in Denmark. “The aim of these meetings,” it was claimed, “was to hear about the Danish cannabis access programme and enquire if a supply of medical cannabis products could be sourced.”

    Health Minister Simon Harris told The Journal that the medical cannabis scheme was making “huge progress”, but acknowledged the challenges of obtaining a continuous, high-quality supply.

    Industrial hemp in Ireland

    Industrial hemp cultivation is legal in Ireland. In fact, it’s been grown in the country for centuries but was banned in the 20 th century when public perceptions of cannabis began to turn negative.

    In 1995, the Irish government recognised the economic value of industrial hemp. They also acknowledged its use as a source of sustainable oil and fibre. To cultivate hemp, the farmer must possess a valid licence from the Department of Health and Children, and the licence must be renewed each year. Plantations must also be located away from public roads, and all plants must contain 0.2% THC or less.

    As yet, the industrial hemp industry hasn’t really taken off in Ireland – but there is potential for it to grow in the future.

    Good to know

    If you are travelling to Ireland (or currently live there), you may be interested to know the following:

    • 13.8% of young adults (15 to 34 years old) use cannabis in Ireland.
    • Some political parties have called for personal use of cannabis to be legalised. The Green Party are a notable example, who want recreational use to be decriminalised, but cultivation to be limited to ‘two plants per private residence’.
    • The economic potential of Ireland’s medical cannabis market is huge. Figures show there are currently 12,000 Parkinson’s sufferers, 8,000 MS sufferers, and 12-14,000 fibromyalgia sufferers. This is in addition to 40,000 people suffering from epilepsy. Experts estimate that providing cannabis treatment to these patients could increase the market’s value to €1.1billion by 2028.

    Political parties and cannabis

    Opinions on cannabis are split in Irish politics. Fine Gael (the largest political party, and traditionally right-of-centre) stated in 2013 that “it is not the intention of the government to legalise the use of cannabis either for medical or recreational reasons.” However, they were in favour of legalising Sativex. Labour (who are left-of-centre) surprisingly adopted the same position.

    Fianna Fail (the third largest party) supports legalisation for medical purposes but not “for any other circumstances” and the Socialist and Green Parties both support legalisation of cannabis, even for recreational use. The Socialist Party added: “it should be made available through a State monopoly with accompanying safeguards for harm minimisation and education about the effects of use.”

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    Attitudes to cannabis

    A 2016 study found that cannabis use was widespread among teenagers (15-18 year olds), with 39.3% of participants claiming they’d used it. It also found that most of these adolescents regarded cannabis as ‘low risk’ in terms of producing mental or physical health problems.

    A further study explored the opinions of general practitioners working in the country. Although the majority were against legalising cannabis for recreational use, many agreed that it should be permitted for medical purposes.

    Although there is still some hostility towards cannabis use in Ireland, it seems that attitudes are changing rapidly. Medical cannabis is regarded by several as beneficial, with few speaking out against it.

    Ireland and the ‘green rush’

    Niall Neligan, the founder of the drug policy law reform group, Fweed, put forward a proposal to revolutionise cannabis regulation – and inject €300million into the country’s economy by 2025.

    The plans aim to eliminate the black market, protect children, and offer benefits to both public health and scientific research. It’s anticipated that the framework will create 15,000 jobs, and will also transform Ireland into a major European centre for cannabis over the next decade.

    If adopted, pharmacies would be able to sell medical cannabis to certified patients, and licenced social clubs could be established for recreational users. Adults would be allowed to buy up to 60 grams per month (15 grams per week) and gift five grams or below. In addition, six plants could be cultivated at home for personal use (with only three flowering at any time). For medical patients, this would be increased to 12 (with six flowering at any time).

    Neligan put forward a passionate argument to the government, stating that Ireland shouldn’t be held back by “relying on outdated policies born out of ignorance and social conservatism.” He also stated that, by taking control of cannabis, the criminal industry would lose its power. “No drug,” he claimed, “has ever been made safer in the hands of criminal gangs.”

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    Will cannabis be legalised in the future?

    Neligan’s plans mark clear interest from the government in terms of exploring options; both for public safety and health, and for the economy of the country. Likewise, the recent steps taken to make medical cannabis more widely available is an indication that attitudes are changing.

    Ireland may well follow in the footsteps of Canada and regulate both medical and recreational use of cannabis. Only time will tell if this happens or not.

    While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this article, it is not intended to provide legal advice, as individual situations will differ and should be discussed with an expert and/or lawyer.

    Buying Marijuana Seeds in Ireland 2022

    Laws on Buying & Growing Marijuana Seeds in Ireland. Growing Tips, Recommended Strains, and the Best Seed Banks That Ship to Ireland For the 2022 Growing Season.

    Despite the fact that cannabis is being legalized all over the world in various ways, Ireland is one country that is currently sticking to the old ways.

    Though cannabis has proven to be beneficial for plenty of people, the Irish government is seemingly less convinced of the fact. For now, cannabis and the cultivation of cannabis seeds are completely illegal in Ireland in almost every capacity with violations resulting in fines or even jail time.

    However, the once tight restrictions are appearing to slowly wane with the introduction of new programs within the country that are focused on medical marijuana usage. This might just pave the way for the legalization of cannabis seed cultivation and seed banks within the country so that you can grow your very own bud!

    When you look at the very vocal political opinion on cannabis usage within Ireland, it can seem like the country has absolutely no intent on moving towards legalization. Even so, 2019 has been the dawning of what might very well be a new era for the Irish government and their opinion towards marijuana.

    For now, we are here to teach you how to buy cannabis seeds from seed banks in Ireland. From the best seed strains that’ll grow in Ireland to Irish marijuana laws, you’ll learn everything you need to know to stay safe while growing weed in Ireland.

    In a Nutshell — The Legality of Buying Marijuana Seeds in Ireland

    Ireland is a mesmerizing country that’s filled with rolling countryside, historic castles, and intoxicating pubs.

    With so much traditional beauty, Ireland lacks in terms of meaningful cannabis regulation. If you want to buy and grow cannabis seeds — here’s a summary of the legality of marijuana in Ireland.

    • Recreational cannabis is illegal
    • Medical Marijuana is legal (however, it’s very limited)
    • Growing cannabis seeds is illegal
    • Possessing marijuana seeds from seed banks is legal

    Now that you understand the fundamentals, let’s go in-depth on buying marijuana seeds in Ireland. You’ll learn about our top-rated grow tips, recommended seed strains, seed banks that ship to Ireland, and so much more!

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    Growing Cannabis Seeds in Ireland

    If there’s one thing anyone living in Ireland can agree on — it rains a lot.

    Whether you’re new to cannabis cultivation or not, let’s talk about overcoming Ireland’s poor weather to grow excellent cannabis during the 2022 season.

    When to Sprout Cannabis Seeds in Ireland

    The best time to germinate cannabis seeds in Ireland is during the first half of May.

    Remember, you want to wait until the threat of frost and the majority of wet weather is over.

    Issues to Consider When Growing Marijuana Seeds in Ireland

    When it comes to growing cannabis seeds, the biggest threats to your crop is:

    • The weather (rain)
    • Law enforcement
    • Thieves
    • Mold (due to high humidity)

    Tips for Growing Cannabis Seeds in Ireland

    If you want to grow the best weed in Ireland, here are a few of our top-rated tips to ensure a hefty harvest of trichome-packed buds.

    Buy Cannabis Seeds From a Reputable Online or Local Seed Bank in Ireland

    Without a doubt, finding reputable online or local seed banks to buy cannabis seeds from is the top priority.

    Seed banks allow you to find verified seed strains that don’t produce any surprises.

    Buy Cannabis Seeds for Your Regional Climate in Ireland

    Next, Ireland isn’t the easiest place to grow cannabis seeds.

    However, buying cannabis seed strains that exhibit these following characteristics for the Irish climate will have you harvesting top-shelf buds in no time:

    • Resistance to bacteria and fungi
    • Resistance to cold
    • Short flowering time
    Plan Your Cannabis Garden in Advance

    Once your weed seeds arrive from a seed bank — don’t germinate them until the indoor or outdoor garden is set up.

    Which Marijuana Seed Store Is the Best Option For Irish Residents?

    Buying cannabis seeds from seed banks in Ireland is incredibly easy. Let’s talk about two different methods for buying marijuana seeds in Ireland.

    Local Cannabis Seed Stores in Ireland

    It is always beneficial for cannabis users to refer to the laws of their local area prior to making any purchases regarding cannabis seeds.

    There aren’t any formal Irish seed banks, but there are plenty of online seed banks that can help you obtain cannabis seeds.

    Online Cannabis Seed Banks That Ship to Ireland

    There are plenty of amazing seed banks that ship to Ireland and other places around the globe.

    We are of the opinion that the best two around are MSNL Seed Bank and Crop King Seeds. Both of these top-rated seed banks offer discreet shipping and multiple payment methods for Irish residents.

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    Recommended Cannabis Seed Strains to Buy From Online Seed Banks and Grow In Ireland

    If you’re wondering which seed strains to grow in Ireland for the 2022 growing season – here are our top three recommendations.

    THC Bomb Feminized Seed Strain

    If you grow cannabis indoors and want to unleash a massive amount of resin-covered bud into your stash jars — the THC Bomb seed strain is all you need.

    The THC Bomb seed strain is easy to grow and packs on a massive harvest. However, we recommend growing this beast of a weed strain indoors in Ireland for the best harvest possible.

    Blue Dream Feminized Seed Strain

    The Blue Dream seed strain comes in multiple types, such as feminized or autoflowering.

    If you grow cannabis outdoors, we recommend the ultra-fast flowering Blue Dream Auto seed strain. For indoors, you can’t beat the quality of the Blue Dream feminized seed strain.

    Big Bud Feminized Seed Strain

    The goal of any cannabis cultivator in Ireland is to grow cannabis seeds that produce a lot of weed in a short amount of time.

    The answer to this conundrum is none other than the Big Bud feminized seed strain — especially the autoflowering version.

    Beat the weather and your expectations with the Big Bud seed strain in Ireland!

    The History of Cannabis and Cannabis Seeds in Ireland

    Ireland’s history with marijuana and cannabis seeds is rather comparable to what we have seen in other European countries.

    For a while, it had not been made illegal yet, but there were still some opinions of what dangers it might pose. Ultimately, the government decided that cannabis was a dangerous substance, much like other countries. The result was that cannabis ended up being added to the list of potential problem substances under the Misuse of Drugs Act in 1977.

    Medical Marijuana in Ireland

    Throughout history, there have been some variations around this. As the growing pressure regarding medical marijuana use has continued to take the world by storm, many people have begun to pressure the government to adopt a more understanding approach to marijuana and the benefits that it might bring.

    Though the laws surrounding medical marijuana and derivative products has been largely handled on a case by case basis, the future looks a little brighter in Ireland for those looking to find relief.

    Beginning in 2002, GW Pharmaceuticals was given permission to begin medical trials with certain cannabis-derived products. The licensing opportunity made it possible for products like Sativex to be used in hospitals with certain patients to meet their needs. After this, there still was not much change from the government regarding cannabis use, medical or otherwise, despite the public inquiries and pressure being placed on them from various pro-cannabis groups like NORML Ireland. These groups would love to see a future where cannabis products and the cultivation of cannabis seeds are legalized for personal use.

    What Irish Law Says About Buying, Selling, Possessing and Growing Cannabis and Cannabis Seeds

    Currently, cannabis is still considered to be illegal in Ireland.

    The Misuse of Drugs act lists cannabis and all of its variations, including cultivated cannabis seeds, as a Schedule I substance. This means that it is legally clumped with various kinds of harder drugs. Though this is the case, the actual laws regarding marijuana use and possession are lighter for cannabis than other types of drugs listed within the act.

    Under the Misuse of Drugs act, cannabis, cannabis seeds being actively grown regardless of size, and cannabis resin are all considered to be grounds for legal persecution.

    While most countries are more concerned about the actual substance rather than resin, Irish law finds you guilty for possession of either. In fact, when you are found with either of these things, the police can and will charge you immediately, even if you don’t have a notable amount of marijuana on you.

    While cannabis seeds themselves are considered to be legal at this point in time, cultivating them in any capacity is still currently illegal under Irish law. In other words, it’s legal to buy cannabis seeds from seed banks in Ireland — but it’s not legal to grow them.

    How Marijuana Charges Work

    The first thing that police will do when they catch you with marijuana is assess the situation to determine your intent with the substance.

    Irish law is very focused around intents when it comes to marijuana because it can determine what they charge you with and how they approach it. The distinguishing factor is determining whether the cannabis was intended for personal use or distribution in any capacity.

    In Ireland, the charges and repercussions for personal use in most cases are much lower than the ones for distribution or sale of marijuana, cultivation of marijuana seeds, or possession of marijuana derived products.

    Punishment for Possessing Cannabis Products in Ireland

    After it has been determined whether the marijuana at hand was intended for personal use or distribution, the police will refer to your record. People with previous charges of possession in any capacity can find themselves with higher charges and worse repercussions.

    While a person being caught for the first time might just find themselves with a fine, a person who has been charged previously might end up in some pretty hot water.

    In the event that it is determined that the marijuana was intended for personal use, the government can impose a Class D fine. The result of this is a fine that can be up to 2500 euros if the person is convicted on the charge.

    While the amount might be unpleasant, this outcome is far better than risking jail time. This is also the outcome in the event that you receive a second possession of controlled drugs charge for cannabis possession.

    Cannabis Seeds, Seed Banks, and the Assumption of Distribution

    For those who are unfortunate enough to get any subsequent possession charges, Ireland treats this offense in the same way that it would a person who is caught growing or selling marijuana.

    Cannabis seeds are cause for penalization in Ireland in the event that they are being used for cultivation purposes. Though you can possess the cannabis seeds from seed banks, growing them is an entirely different story.

    Marijuana seeds are intended to be a novelty, not a viable drug source. Ireland has much stricter laws when it comes to distribution or cultivation of marijuana. The initial assessment includes a Class C fine, as well as up to 12 months of jail time.

    However, depending on the severity of the situation and how much marijuana you are growing, the sentences can actually be left up to the courts. This means that the courts might determine if they want to charge you for the actual plants being grown for personal use or for sale.

    This enables them to charge higher fines and impose up to 14 years in prison. It is not legal to personally cultivate marijuana or use cannabis seeds in this capacity. In fact, Irish law clumps marijuana cultivation in with the cultivation of opium poppies.

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    Medical Marijuana Nearing Legalization

    A major change surrounding cannabis law in Ireland is the fact that Simon Harris, the Minister for Health, has signed into law a pilot program for medical marijuana usage.

    The exact details of this program have yet to be released, but it is said to last five years in total and will offer “compassionate access” to marijuana on a medical basis. The licenses and opportunities are only meant to be given to people who have not had success with other options including those with severe epilepsy or more severe problems.

    The laws are currently being changed to allow for the creation of cannabis products so that the pilot trial can begin. This is paving the way for cannabis seeds from seed banks being used for personal cultivation to be allowed within Ireland.

    Though Ireland might be a way offer from having local cannabis seed banks that can be actively purchased from, it could be an evolution of the medical marijuana legalization. A change like this would allow people to take their health into their own hands by using cannabis seeds to grow their own marijuana.

    The Fight for Cannabis Legalization and the Irish Government

    At its current point, the Irish government is showing very little interest in marijuana beyond the point of complete necessity and there has been no actual talk regarding cannabis seeds, seed banks, or personal marijuana cultivation.

    Though the Minister for Health introducing the medical marijuana pilot program is certainly a step in the right direction, the general face of the Irish government is still far from tolerant when it comes to the idea of legalizing marijuana.

    Earlier this year, rumors started circulating that Ireland was getting closer to legalizing marijuana but the Minister of Health was adamant that Ireland was nowhere near a complete legalization or decriminalization of cannabis use.

    The Pro-Cannabis Groups Fighting for Legalization in Ireland

    Ireland has a few groups like NORML Ireland that are pushing for the rights of cannabis users.

    These groups are hoping to put pressure on the government to change cannabis laws through the power of petition. However, these groups are proving to have fairly low amounts of success to date. Still, the new medical marijuana pilot program does come as a win, regardless of how limited it is.

    Opposite to the belief that cannabis and the growing of cannabis seeds should be legalized in the country, some groups of people are more focused on the belief that the potential loosening of cannabis laws would be a fairly large problem.

    Some scientific experts in the community are upset by the idea that Ireland might someday become more tolerant of marijuana usage. These groups feel that cannabis is a gateway drug that might increase the risk of health problems among the people of Ireland.

    Ireland’s Local Cannabis Industry

    Since marijuana is completely illegal within Ireland, there is no true local industry for cannabis cultivation.

    This means that there are currently no legal establishments to buy cannabis seeds from that are actually intended for cultivation. Since people are selling these seeds as novelties instead of viable products, there is no guarantee regarding what the seeds will ultimately yield in terms of quality.

    Though people are undoubtedly cultivating and distributing weed, all of this is being done illegally. Cannabis seeds that are truly worthy of cultivation are likely going to come from black market sources.

    While some countries are known for having more formal examples of local industries within the population, Ireland’s is completely underground. In order to produce or sell cannabis within Ireland, you must be in direct violation of marijuana law. Even getting growing plants for cannabis seeds is not something that can legally be done, regardless of whether or not the seeds themselves can be sold.

    Ireland’s Homegrown Cannabis Economy

    Despite the fact that cannabis and the cultivation of cannabis seeds are illegal in Ireland, there will always be people growing and providing it to willing customers.

    These underground marijuana providers are operating in the same capacity that we might see anywhere else that cannabis is illegal. There are people who grow, import and sell marijuana as well as high-quality cannabis seeds that are ready to be grown and will suit your needs.

    With the pilot program for medical marijuana use, the Irish government will be working with certain groups to cultivate marijuana and marijuana-derived products.

    However, there are laws that must be changed before this can happen. It is currently unclear if people will be reimbursed for these products when they purchase them for medical purposes, or if they are just going to be expected to pay out of pocket.

    There will be plenty of work to be done regarding the actual cultivation and distribution of cannabis to suit medical needs. Currently, it seems likely that the cannabis products will follow suit with the experimental cannabis derivatives and will be provided through doctors and pharmacies.

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