Italy relaxes cannabis penalties
Italy's Constitutional Court struck down an anti-drug law from 2006 that imposed tough sentencing for the sale and possession of cannabis, putting it on the same level as heroin and cocaine.
The court declared "illegitimate" the law, which imposed sentences of six to 20 years for trafficking in cannabis, whereas the previous law which is now back in force included sentences of between two and six years. Leftist lawmakers and civil society representatives immediately hailed the court ruling, saying it would help ease overcrowding in Italian prisons. (See also: Third White Book on the 2006 Italian drug legislation)
The Local (Italy)
Thursday, February 13, 2014