Italy May Become Europe’s Newest Pot Spot
The next celebrated puffs of smoke rising over Rome might not be from the Vatican. Italian lawmakers are mulling over a bill that would decriminalize all forms of marijuana possession and use, while putting major production in the hands of the government to shut out the Mafia. Skeptics say it’s an unlikely fit for the conservative country, which passed draconian anti-bud laws in 2006. But faced with overcrowded prisons, overburdened police and crushing debt, many Italian legislators say a deal with the devil’s cabbage could be the path to salvation.