Jump to content

Italy Strikes Down Cannabis Laws As Unfair


LongHairBri
 Share

Recommended Posts

Italy Cannabis Law: Italian Court Strikes Down Drug Ruling Equating Marijuana To Heroin

 

Reuters

 

Posted: 02/13/2014 8:41 am EST Updated: 02/13/2014 9:59 am EST
Print Article

 

n-ITALY-MARIJUANA-large570.jpg
Cannabis displayed after the favourable vote of the bill proposed by Tuscany Region for allowing cannabis to become a legally prescribed drug for medical use on May 2, 2012 in Florence, Italy. (Laura Lezza/Getty Images) | Laura Lezza via Getty Images

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

reuters_logo.jpg


ROME, Feb 12 (Reuters) - Italy's constitutional court on Wednesday struck down a drug law that tripled sentences for selling, cultivating or possessing cannabis and which has been blamed for causing prison overcrowding.

The constitutional court said the law, which was passed in 2006 by Silvio Berlusconi's conservative government, was "illegitimate", without giving further details. Some estimates suggest 10,000 people may be released from jail as a result.

The law was the primary cause of Italy's prison overcrowding problem, according to prison rights group Antigone, which said that 40 percent of all inmates were serving sentences for drug crimes.

Italian jails are the most crowded in the European Union, with around 62,000 detainees held in cells built for fewer than 48,000, according to official data.

The law classified marijuana and hashish as equal, in legal terms, to cocaine and heroin, raising sentences for cultivation, sale and trafficking to 6-20 years from 2-6 years previously.

After the court's ruling, the drug law previously in place will automatically take effect, under which crimes related to "hard" drugs like cocaine and heroin carry lengthier sentences than cannabis.

Neither law made it a criminal offence to consume cannabis but both outlawed its possession.

"The so-called drug war as conceived in North America has been lost and it's time to return to rational rules that distinguish between substances," Franco Corleone, of the human rights group Society of Reason, told Reuters.

Senator Carlo Giovanardi, one of the original architects of the stricter law, said the ruling was a "devastating choice from a scientific viewpoint and in the message it sends to young people that some drugs are less dangerous than others". (Reporting by Steve Scherer; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)

 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

 

 

Senator Carlo Giovanardi, one of the original architects of the stricter law, said the ruling was a "devastating choice from a scientific viewpoint and in the message it sends to young people that some drugs are less dangerous than others". (Reporting by Steve Scherer; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)

 

Sending that message to young people is absolutely the truth and is the message that should be sent to anyone over the age of 5. 

 

As a country, the USA was right at this point before Reagan got elected and Nancy Reagan came up with the 'just say no' campaign.  The whole discussion at the time surrounded hard drugs vs soft drugs.  'Just say no', while a catchy slogan, blurred the lines between hard and soft and grouped everything, all drugs, into the same category. 

 

We took a giant step backwards concerning cannabis legislation at that time.  Let's try to avoid that this time around, eh?

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Loading...
 Share



×
×
  • Create New...