TD in new attempt to permit cannabis use

An independent TD has launched his second attempt to legalise cannabis.

Luke 'Ming' Flanagan has formally tabled the Cannabis Regulation Bill 2013 to permit the drug for medical and recreational use.

Last month TDs voted against a motion calling on the Government to legalise the drug.

But the Roscommon/South Leitrim TD says he believes the tide is turning in favour of legalised cannabis.

"I don't expect, I could be wrong, this house to support it, in the short term," he said.

"I do believe that in the long term this will be seen as very progressive legislation in the same way as, in the past, people in this chamber have stood up and spoken favourably of legalising contraception and divorce."

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