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Saturday, February 15, 2014

RT: Italy's constitutional court has overturned a law equating cannabis with cocaine and heroin, a decision could see 10,000 people released from the country's jails. The court ruled the law was "illegitimate," without elaborating further. The law, passed by former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi in 2006, has been blamed for Italy's swelling prison population, as sentences for selling, growing or possessing marijuana effectively tripled. Italian prisons are operating beyond capacity, with 62,000 inmates residing in facilities meant to house 48,000. The prisoners' rights group Antigone claims that 40 percent of all inmates are currently serving sentences for drug crimes. Following Friday's verdict, the previous drug law and its far more lenient sentencing regime automatically takes effect.





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Just waiting for B. Hussein Obama to solidify his anti-pot stance by denouncing the efforts of Italian law makers.

#1 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2014-02-14 03:26 PM | Reply | Flag:

"That's my skull! I'm so wasted!!"

#2 | Posted by Harry_Powell at 2014-02-14 03:33 PM | Reply | Flag:

Italy's constitutional court has overturned a controversial law equating cannabis with cocaine and heroin.

Justice prevails! Huzzah Italy!

Are you paying attention Obama, Congress and the DEA... and California?

It would immediately solve your prison overpopulation problems California.

Time to wake up America.

#3 | Posted by donnerboy at 2014-02-14 05:09 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 2

The US doesn't want to solve its prison overpopulation problem. Those are guaranteed filled beds for the private prison industry, with kickbacks for politicians who keep them going. This is about money, not justice.

#4 | Posted by zeropointnrg at 2014-02-14 05:18 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 2

Don't hold your breath waiting for President Choomgang to do something like fire his DEA director or pardon prisoners, or tell the DEA to deschedule, etc.

#5 | Posted by nullifidian at 2014-02-15 09:15 AM | Reply | Flag:

Not surprising any more that other countries are more effectively actualizing the U.S. Constitution (prison for pot is cruel & unusual punishment). Well, the president is in organized crime & that's what keeps marijuana criminal policies intact, wherever it's illegal & prosecuted.

#6 | Posted by kenx at 2014-02-15 04:04 PM | Reply | Flag:

Four years from now Italy gets the snowboarding gold medal.

#7 | Posted by Diablo at 2014-02-16 05:34 AM | Reply | Flag:

Four years from now Italy gets the snowboarding gold medal.

#7 | POSTED BY DIABLO AT 2014-02-16 05:34 AM | FLAG: FF

I like that. And you might be on to something lol.

#8 | Posted by zeropointnrg at 2014-02-16 01:25 PM | Reply | Flag:

Italy Unlocks Prison for 10,000 Pot Cases

And charged them all with MURDER!!

#9 | Posted by LastAmerican at 2014-02-16 02:42 PM | Reply | Flag:

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