Fine Gael Deputy Denis Naughten queried Taoiseach Brian Cowen on the Government’s response to the head shops controversy in Dail Eireann on Wednesday (yesterday).
Deputy Naughten said that secondary legislation is required to ban the active ingredients in certain products which are presently available in head shops. He also met with Minister John Curran on Wednesday and received indications that action will be taken.
Addressing An Taoiseach in the Dail chamber, Deputy Naughten said: “On secondary legislation, parents, medics and the Garda Síochána are seriously concerned about the sale of psychoactive substances in so-called head shops.
“I understand the Minister for Health and Children must introduce secondary legislation under the Misuse of Drugs Acts of 1977 and 1984 to control the sale of substances in such shops. When will legislation be introduced? I also understand the Minister of State, Deputy Curran, is considering the introduction of additional legislation to control the operation of these premises. When will this legislation be introduced?” A number of other Dail Deputies also posed questions on the issue.
The Taoiseach, Mr. Brian Cowen, responded: “The Minister of State, Deputy Curran, has a working group in place to review the legislative situation to see how we can assist to ensure the situation is not abused. I hear what Deputies are saying and I will take the matter up with Deputy Curran.”