This week, 2 kg of cannabis-infused jelly sweets together with 50 g of herbal cannabis were discovered in a parcel at Portlaoise Mail Centre, Co Laois. The parcel, declared as beauty products, originated in the USA and was destined for Dublin city. It was discovered by Revenue Officers with the assistance of Revenue detector dog Stella.

The psychoactive component in all cannabis products is Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which gives users the ‘high’ feeling. As a central nervous stimulant, THC can alter mood and sensory perceptions. The THC content within the jelly sweets is currently being drugs tested. The estimated value of the detection is €11,000.

In a separate seizure, the same Revenue Officers seized 600 g of herbal cannabis with an estimated street value of approximately €12,000. The illegal drugs were concealed in tins declared as coffee products and originated in Spain. Investigations are ongoing with a view to prosecution.

As reported in our previous blog Increasing use of MDMA and cannabis, young adults aged 15–34 in Ireland are taking significantly more cannabis in recent years than they used to. In 2015, just under 14% reported using cannabis in the last year, compared to about 10% in 2007.

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