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 February 13, 2014

italy marijuanaCourtesy of The Joint Blog

Italy’s constitutional court on Wednesday struck down a controversial drug law – approved in 2006 – that tripled sentences for selling, cultivating or possessing cannabis, making the penalty equivalent to “hard drugs” such as cocaine and heroin.

The constitutional court said the law was “illegitimate”, without going into further details.

According to Reuters, this new ruling could set free as many as 10,000 inmates who were imprisoned due to the nation’s harsh cannabis policies.

The 2006 law, which raised sentences for cannabis possession, cultivation and sales from 2-6 years, to 6-20 years, has led to a drastic increase in those in prison due to cannabis; in fact, 40% of Italy’s inmates are incarcerated for a cannabis-related offense.

After today’s ruling, the 2006 law will be repealed, reverting the nation’s cannabis policies back to 1993, when it was considered a “soft drug”, carrying significantly lower penalties than the possession, cultivation or sales of hard drugs.

“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,” says Franco Corleon of Society of Reason, a human rights group that praised today’s ruling.

Source: TheJointBlog.Com

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  • Johnny Bloomington

    That’s good news!

  • Socrates Mile High

    Let’s make it happen here. End the insanity!!!

  • Boris

    I love Italy!

  • virgolover
  • moldy

    This is due to the legalization of weed in WA and CO. There were some that said it would have an effect world wide. They were correct and you know who you are.

    • Chef Scotty

      And Ururguay has been legalized in the whole country don’t forget about that.

    • Howard Gardella

      Genesis 1: 29 And behold I have given you every seed bearing herb, and every fruit bearing tree in which the seed is in the fruit for your essentials. Cannabis is a seed bearing herb, with the highest protein, and a perfect balance of Omega 3, 6, and 9. So I would say God, is the one, who said it is Good !

  • AntiIgnorant

    Legalize Worldwide!!!

  • Lo Bar

    Great news for the Italians,,,its getting closer,,,,

  • Randy Baker

    atleast they are getting something right after trying Amanda Knox 2 times because they didnt like the 1st verdict

    • Boris

      Thank you for introducing a moronic thread hijack into the discussion. By the way, Knox knows what happened. She tried to have the police arrest and charge an innocent man with murder. She is a sociopath, and clearly has you fooled.

      • Randy Baker

        your the fool,, there is not a shred of evidence she did anything fool lol.. But she knows because you can read her mind cant you,, stfu

        • Boris

          Randy Baker said:

          “STFU”

          This is a typical response from someone who who does not know how engage in debate, and has no command of the facts. He merely lets his emotions dictate his thinking process. Liberals just behave this way.

          • Randy Baker

            I dont debate with people that throw out assumptive statements like they are factual lol

  • borisbasher

    wtf kinda name is boris bahahahahahaha STFU

  • borisbasher

    dont be such a BITCH eh :)

    • Weedman

      are you dissing yourself?

  • HCV

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    Address it too my secretary or maybe you can deliver
    Attn ; Lion Heart c/o Dea Themann
    800 K Street, N.W., Suite 500, Washington, DC 20001
    or call first if you want
    (202) 305-8500, ask for Lion heart.