The Court of Appeal has ruled that regulations under Section 2(2) of the 1977 Misuse of Drugs Act 1977 which were made in 2010 to ban the sale of psychoactive substances from so called “head shops” are unconstitutional.

Commenting on the issue Councillor Cormac Devlin said, “this ruling creates a worrying legal vacuum that could lead to so called “head shops” re-commencing the sale of dangerous drugs. The government must immediately commit to introduce legislation to permanently ban the sale of these psychoactive substances.”

“Fianna Fáil have repeatedly raised concerns about the Fine Gael / Labour coalition not having a dedicated minister with responsibility for combating drugs. This ruling further highlights the lack of government strategy on combating substance abuse,” concluded Councillor Devlin.