Iceland’s Health Minister Willum Þór Þórsson says he will submit a revised bill to decriminalise possession of illegal substances in small quantities, RÚV reports. Willum has faced criticism for withdrawing his decriminalisation bill from Parliament’s spring agenda. He says the bill is now being reviewed by a group that includes specialists on the matter.
MPs and rights organisations have criticised the Minister’s decision to drop the bill from Alþingi’s spring agenda. Willum says that the working group will collect data, define terminology, and better organise the issue. They are expected to finish their work by the end of this month. He added that while there has not been consensus on the bill within Parliament, he believes the working group will help solve existing disagreements.
“I have put the matter into a very broad consultation, which is what is often called for, and then I intend to introduce it in the autumn session, which is only five months away,” the Health Minister stated.