Some Drug Sanity from Italy!

Italy's constitutional court today struck down a 2006 law that removed the distinction between "soft" and "hard" drugs, treating pot possession like heroin possession. Thousands of prisoners will go free.

Reactionary Italian Sen. Carlo Giovanardi, atchitect of the overturned law, still doesn't get it. (wikimedia.org)
Read the Reuters report here.

The Giovanardi-Fini law had been passed in 2006 by the rightist government of Silvio Berlusconi, pushed by reactionary social conservative and neo-fascist elements within the regime. It undid an earlier distinction between "soft" drugs like marijuana and hash and "hard" drug like heroin and cocaine, subjecting cannabis users to sentences three times longer than under the old law.

The law is reported to be the primary cause of prison overcrowding in the country, which has the worst overcrowding problem in all Europe. Prison rights groups estimate that up to 40% of Italian prisoners are doing time for drug crimes.

"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, arch-conservative architect of the law revealed the he is still an idiot with his reaction to the high court decision, which struck down his handiwork as "illegitimate."

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," he said, somehow missing the scientific fact that some drugs are less dangerous than others.
 

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North Amerika, = US

Richard Nixon declared "War on Drugs" is ending in other countries. Of course the decades of prohibition of cannabis has lasted much longer. The end result of prohibition is much the same, no matter what country is discussed. Prohibition causes: crime, organized crime, corruption of government including but not limited to police, politicians, judges, military, prohibition causes inferior products. Finally, prohibition culminates into over flowing prisons. A non stop, never ending war, until people realize the war was really prohibition.

North Amerika, = US

Richard Nixon declared "War on Drugs" is ending in other countries. Of course the decades of prohibition of cannabis has lasted much longer. The end result of prohibition is much the same, no matter what country is discussed. Prohibition causes: crime, organized crime, corruption of government including but not limited to police, politicians, judges, military, prohibition causes inferior products. Finally, prohibition culminates into over flowing prisons. A non stop, never ending war, until people realize the war was really prohibition.

North Amerika, = US

Richard Nixon declared "War on Drugs" is ending in other countries. Of course the decades of prohibition of cannabis has lasted much longer. The end result of prohibition is much the same, no matter what country is discussed. Prohibition causes: crime, organized crime, corruption of government including but not limited to police, politicians, judges, military, prohibition causes inferior products. Finally, prohibition culminates into over flowing prisons. A non stop, never ending war, until people realize the war was really prohibition.

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To Italy and a few politicians came back lauding the hard line they took on heroin addiction.Fortunately,they were in the minority and the city adopted a more humane,harm reduction strategy.I'm glad to hear that Italy has seen the error of it's ways on some drug policy.The horror show that was Italian addiction policy,I fear,is probably still in effect.At least now they will differentiate between hard and soft drugs.The films of addicts vomiting all over themselves and their prison cells were once standard fare in school anti drug lectures.They did paint an ugly picture that led to some real reform in the way addicts were dealt with for a time.Sad to say that that time has come and gone and addicts are once again left to lay in their own vomit in many of our prisons.

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