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Bit random, right? Ecstasy is currently legal in Ireland due to a loophole in the law But only until Thursday.

In what must be one of the most colossal legal oversights of all time, ecstasy is currently legal in Ireland due to a loophole in the law.

It follows a ruling in the Court of Appeal on the Misuse of Drugs Act 1977 this morning (March 10) declaring the act void. It means that certain drugs that had been previously declared illegal are effectively legal, but only until emergency legislation is passed tonight to reverse the situation.

This ruling occurred because additions had been made to the Misuse of Drugs Act that didn’t go through Irish parliament, which was deemed to unconstitutional by the Irish Court of Appeal. The ruling determined in favour of a head shop owner that argued a regulation making the possession of a drug sold legally until 2011 called methylethcathinone was invalid, making the whole act void. It means drugs including ecstasy, ketamine and crystal meth are technically legal until the loophole is closed.

Unfortunately for the Irish government, the loophole can’t closed until the amended law has gone through Irish parliament’s lower and upper houses and been signed off by the president, which its estimated will take until midnight on Thursday. Until then, it looks ecstasy users will be able to take the drug without facing the extent of the law. [via]



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