Last week the city council of Turin, Italy approved a motion in favor of legalizing medical marijuana. This makes Turin the first major city in Italy to do so. As is the case in cities in the United States that have reformed marijuana at the local level, it's more symbolic than anything, as the vote is not legally binding and will no doubt be superseded by the national government.
As I always say, even symbolic victories are still victories, and getting elected officials to come out in an official capacity to support reform is always a good thing. I wish more cities in America would take this approach. Getting an entire nation to agree on anything, marijuana or otherwise, is extremely difficult. It becomes less difficult at the state level, and even less difficult at the local level. If every city in the world had to vote on marijuana reform, I think that the victories would pile up fast, and it would contribute to victories on a larger scale.
The citizens of Italy are joining people around the world who are demanding that marijuana laws be reformed. According to RT, "The proposal itself consists of two parts. According to its first part, the use of marijuana is permitted for therapeutic and medical purposes. The second part of the proposal overrules the restrictive 2006 Fini-Giovanardi law on drugs, which abolishes any distinction between soft and hard drugs and introduces the same penalties for possession/use of cannabis and heroin (or cocaine)."
I know we have readers from Italy. If you are from Italy, what do you think of this proposal? How long do you think it will be before Italy legalizes marijuana for everyone? If you live in other parts of Europe, how long do you think it will be before marijuana is legalized in your country? I look forward to seeing what people have to say.