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  1. Beenthere2Hippie
    The city council of Italian city of Turin has approved a motion in favor of legalizing cannabis on Tuesday, becoming the first major city in the country to make the proposal to allow marijuana to be prescribed for medical reasons.

    “This is … a move from a prohibitionist structure to one where soft drugs, particularly cannabis, are legally produced and distributed,” appealed the [Turin] city council to the Italian parliament, reports Italian press.

    Though the vote doesn't make cannabis legal to consume, buy or sell for individual use, it brings a more tolerant view to the drug in the eyes of the law. The vote was narrow, however, as only 15 from the [Turin city council] favored the law, while 13 were against and six abstained.

    Center-right politicians and the Catholic wing of the People of Liberty (PDL) party opposed the measure. Even Turin’s Mayor Piero Fassino from the center-left Democratic Party, which leads the ruling coalition, abstained from voting. Turin is considered to be the first large city in Italy to speak out about the legalization of so-called light drugs, says Marco Grimaldi from the democratic socialist party SEL (Left, Ecology and Freedom), who proposed the law.

    “We want to put an end to the political prohibition, which has only served to give illegal traffickers hundreds of billions of euros, and thousands of citizens a criminal record,” says Grimaldi, reports Torino la Repubblica.

    The proposal itself consists of two parts. According to its first part, the use of marijuana is permitted for therapeutic and medical purposes. The second part of the proposal overrules the restrictive 2006 Fini-Giovanardi law on drugs, which abolishes any distinction between soft and hard drugs and introduces the same penalties for possession/use of cannabis and heroin (or cocaine). Now this part of the law if approved in the Italian parliament may pave the way for legalization of recreational marijuana use in Italy.

    The medical use of marijuana has been already allowed in some Italian regions like Liguria, Tuscany and Veneto, but recreational consumption of the drug is still taboo there. In recent years curbs have been easing on the sale of cannabis-based products for medical use across the world. Colorado became the first US state to legalize the recreational use of marijuana and to allow it to be sold in shops beginning this year. Last year France also approved some types of marijuana-based medicine, while Uruguay became the first country to fully legalize the sale and production of the drug, despite global criticism.

    In the Netherlands, cannabis products are only sold openly in ‘coffee shops’. Though cannabis is technically illegal, the country decriminalized possession of less than five grams of the substance in 1976.

    RT.com/January 15, 2014
    Newshawk Crew

    Author Bio

    BT2H is a retired news editor and writer from the NYC area who, for health reasons, retired to a southern US state early, and where BT2H continues to write and to post drug-related news to DF.


  1. Beenthere2Hippie
    Italy's Law Equating Cannabis With Heroin Overturned

    [IMGR=white]https://drugs-forum.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=43461&stc=1&d=1427652485[/IMGR]Italy's constitutional court has overturned a law that tripled sentences for selling, cultivating and possessing cannabis, declaring it "illegitimate."

    Prison rights group Antigone say the law has caused prison overcrowding, with 40% of all inmates serving sentences for drug crimes. It could affect some 10,000 people who may be released from jail as a result.
    The law went into effect in 2006 under the conservative government led by the then-Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi.

    Italian jails are considered to be the most crowded in the European Union. According to official data, cited by Reuters news agency, around 62,000 detainees are held in cells built for fewer than 48,000. In January 2013, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that overcrowding in Italy's jails violates the basic rights of inmates. The Italian authorities were fined 100,000 euros ($135,700, £81,934) and ordered to solve the overcrowding issue within a year.

    Lengthier sentences

    Under the stricter drugs law, lighter drugs such as cannabis and hashish were classified as equal, in legal terms, to Class A drugs cocaine and heroin. This increased the sentences for the cultivation, sale and trafficking of cannabis from 2-6 years to 6-20 years.

    Following the court's ruling, the previous drug law giving reduced sentences automatically takes effect.
    Neither law made it a criminal offence to consume cannabis but both criminalized its possession.

    The ruling by the constitutional court has split parties "left and right", Italy's Ansa news agency reports.
    "The ruling puts the final word on one of the most absurd laws that parliament has ever passed in recent years," said Alessia Morani, an MP with the centre-left Democratic Party (PD).

    But other MPs, such as Maurizio Gasparri, said the ruling was "a big mistake that risks promoting dealing and consuming drugs," Ansa reported.

    BBC/February 2014
    Newshawk Crew
  2. Beenthere2Hippie
    Italian MPs Join Forces to Legalize Cannabis

    [IMGL=white]https://drugs-forum.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=43462&stc=1&d=1427652899[/IMGL]ROME - A group of 60 MPs, most of them from the ruling center-left Democratic Party (PD), have joined forces to legalize cannabis in Italy, sources said Monday.

    Senator Benedetto Della Vedova, who is also the foreign undersecretary, said that "in view of the failure of prohibitionism" the group will draft a "pragmatic, non-ideological" bill regulating the use of the weed, thereby siphoning profits away from organized crime.

    "Repressive action has totally failed," Della Vedova told a meeting of the pro-marijuana deputies and senators and from the PD, the small leftwing Left Ecology Freedom (SEL) party, the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S), the anti-prohibition Radical Party, and others.

    Della Vedova pointed out that legalizing marijuana in Colorado has netted the American state "millions of dollars."

    ANSA.It/March 16, 2015
    Newshawk Crew
  3. ianzombie
    Re: City of Turin Votes to Legalize Cannabis

    This is good news.
    What's with the photo though, it looks like a pile of swept up leaves.
  4. Beenthere2Hippie
    I'm supposing it's Italian cannabis. The photo came with the story lol. Maybe it's the best PR photo they had at the time. Sono incompetenti...
  5. Alien Sex Fiend
    is that cheap green tea? the kind that comes with sticks
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