Tuesday, November 14, 2006

The Ministry of Health...and Sillyness

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.

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