The decriminalisation of drugs for personal use is being considered. It forms part of a report to be published before the summer.
The decriminalisation of all drugs for person use is one of the policy options outlined in the upcoming National Drugs Strategy. The report will govern all drugs policy from now until 2020.
Merchants Quay Ireland says drug addiction is a medical problem, and so instead of sending people who are caught with small amounts of drugs to prison - it believes society should be helping them.
The upcoming National Drugs Strategy will now consider decimalising heroin, cocaine and cannabis for personal use. It would only apply to small amounts of up to 40 euro.
It has been proposed that a group be set up to consider what other countries do when someone is caught with a small amount of drugs for personal use.
Those in favour argue that prosecuting is counterproductive for the person and expensive for society and that it would be better to provide treatment services.