Today ,june 27, the new italian health minister, Livia Turco, announced that the italian drug laws will be revised in a more liberal direction.
To make things faster she said that a ministerial decree is going to increase, at least doubling, the amount of substances that can legally be possessed for personal use, specially the amount of cannabis derivates, while waiting for a totally new more liberal law.
One of the last acts passed by the old Berlusconi´s governement, just last january, was a new more prohibitionist drug law.
Written by integralist catholic jihadist ex-minister Giovanardi and neo fascist ex-vice premier Fini, among other monstruosities the law introduced administrative sanctions(Like driver´s licence or passport suspension) for users. Those sanctions are going to be scrapped too.
The new minister for social affairs and solidariety , interwiewed by the national TV , expressed the opinion that heroin addicts should have a place where safely inject , and that soon he too will propose new policies aimed at damage reduction to be introduced discretionaly by the federal administrations. Considering that many important regions are administred by left wing coalitions that include the openly antiprohibitionist Radical Party, the future looks pretty bright for italian users.
Obviously Berlusconi´s right wing opposition is up in arms. His newspapers and TV stations and likeminded media , have come out with titles like "More drugs for everybody" or " How the new governement wants to poison italian youth", and they promise a war to defend their stupidly cruel law.
It will be intresting to see who is going to win this battle and specially how the italians are going to react.
Italy and Spain are the only countries in Europe where two opposite ways of thinking and of conceiving politics and the role of the state and its institutions are confronting and battling each other , and where a new governement really has meant a drastic change in the politics of the country and in the life of the people.
In both countries , by the way , the first action of the new coalitions was to announce the total withdrawal of their troops from Iraq.
It seems that sometimes ,from some places some good news can still be found.
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