Italy has historically had a lax attitude towards cannabis. How lax? The new Center-left government feels as if the legal limit of a half-gram of dope is a bit stingy in these trying times. Yesterday, the government gave the OK to double "personal use" to one gram -- the equivalent of 40 joints, the Ministry of Health helpfully pointed out.
Explains Livia Turco, minister of Health (and, apparently, Happyness): "I intervened so thousands of young people don't have to go to jail or suffer a criminal proceeding for smoking a joint."
Erm, or 40 joints.