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Italy's strict drug law goes up in smoke

 Wearing marijuana leaf-masks and dancing in front of sound systems blasting reggae music, thousands of pro-legalisation activists gathered in Rome on February 8, hailing the decision of Italy's Constitutional Court to examine a law that harshly punished marijuana possessors and users.

"I was caught with ten grams the day before this law was enacted" in 2006, said Melania, a 30-year-old student and soon-to-be-mother. "With this legislation I would have risked an arrest."

On February 12, the Constitutional Court ruled that the Fini-Giovanardi, a law setting out penalties related to the sale and possession of illegal drugs, was improperly approved, and abrogated the law. Since then, Italy has returned to previous regulations that imposed lighter sanctions on cannabis users.

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