#parents | #teensvaping | Mitchell O’Connor does not want drugs decriminalised ‘in our country ever’

Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor has said she is opposed to any decriminalisation of drugs – be they hard or soft drugs or for personal use or otherwise.

“I do not want to see that happening in our country ever. I attended the funeral of students who died in the summer and I saw the devastation faced by their parents,” she said in response to a question on drug decriminalisation.

Speaking at a Fine Gael election event in Dublin on Monday, the Dún Laoghaire TD said using soft drugs could be a gateway to taking harder drugs.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar last week admitted that he had smoked cannabis as a student and Ms Mitchell O’Connor was asked about this on Monday given her firm opposition to drug use.

“The Taoiseach was asked a question last week. He gave an honest answer and it was the same answer he gave to Hot Press,” she said.


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