Head shops: If California can ban them, so can Kerry

Cllr Tom Doherty, Killarney, raises an important point in relation to “head” shops.

However, the emergence of new psychoactive substances being sold in the remaining outlets are covered under the new Irish law using the term ‘generic’. We are ahead of other European countries. The Drugs Squad are now free to raid these shops and the penalties are high, as your paper reported recently in a case where the drug dealer was sent to prison.

Therefore, it would be helpful if committed citizens and policy makers continued to report any suspicious trading to the gardaí.

An interesting case has arisen in the US city of Buellton, California where the city council has passed into law a permanent ban on the opening of cigarette, tobacco and “head” shops within the city limits. “The ban is a solid strategy to keep tobacco products out of the reach of children” (quote) at the insistence of parent and youth action councils. A reported 500,000 die annually in the US from tobacco products. If Buellton can do it, the good people of Killarney can too. The present Minister for Health told us “it can’t be done”. We proved him wrong when demanding changes in the law. Don’t allow Minister Hogan to stall you.

Grainne Kenny

Hon President Europe Against Drugs

Dun Laoghaire

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