In what could be considered a bold move by the government of Ireland, the country has begun a move to decriminalize the possession of drugs - including marijuana, heroin, and cocaine - as long as they are in small amounts.

During his speech on Monday, Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, the minister in charge of Ireland's National Drugs Strategy, announced the move which aims to dramatically alter Ireland's approach to handling drug users and criminal offenses.

"I am firmly of the view that there needs to be a cultural shift in how we regard substance misuse if we are to break this cycle and make a serious attempt to tackle drug and alcohol addiction," he says. "This will be a wider discussion under the next government but once people get their head around the argument, about what decriminalisation actually means, that policy won't be about the drug but about the individual. Then regardless of the drug the individual needs an intervention and society will be saying, 'the substance is illegal, but you are not a criminal for taking it'."

Heroin addicts in Ireland's capital city Dublin will be able to use their drugs, but in supervised facilities. Facilities will expand to Cork, Galway and Limerick soon after. Those selling the drugs in question, however, will still be arrested for the same offenses as before. The massive measure is simply going in place to curb unsafe use, rather than to just try and remove it all at once.