A Roscommon MEP is welcoming the results of a survey on the decriminalisation of drugs in Ireland
It comes as a survey by the Sunday Business post showed that the majority of adults surveyed would support the legalisation and regulation of currently illegal substances.
Decriminalisation means a person would not be prosecuted for being caught with small amounts of a drug for personal use but the sale, supply, and use of large amounts of drugs would remain illegal.
Local MEP, Luke Ming Flanagan argues that the example of the Netherlands should be followed.
He says regulating drug use is safer and would have economic benefits.
"There is no evidence that legalising or decriminalising it will increase use but there is significant evidence out there that it will make it far safer and the money will go to people who need it, people who need healthcare and education. The money doesn't go to fund the criminal underground".