There are high-level calls to wipe the slate clean for people prosecuted for drugs offences as teens.
Minister for Drugs, Catherine Byrne, says convictions are stopping young and disadvantaged people from breaking the cycle of criminality and moving on.
The Dublin South Central TD reveals she's met young people in communities across Dublin who want a normal life; but are finding the prosecution is preventing them from turning it around.
She's told the Sunday Business Post how a mum of two has been drug free for ten years but can't get a job as a healthcare worker.
Marie Metcalfe of the Community Policing Forum in the north inner city is totally in favour of scrubbing ex-offenders' records and giving them a second chance:
"Young kids get roped in very quickly by these dealers for easy money. They don't understand they're ruining their lives at that stage. Of course they should be given a chance when they turn 19 or 20. They realise things haven't been great for them but they want to move on. But the system won't let them move on.
A working group has already been set up to examine potentially decriminalising certain amounts of drugs.
Minister Catherine Byrne says she wants them to also look into whether it would be possible to wipe the criminal records of ex drug offenders