Women incarcerated for a drug offense on the increase worldwideby Roberta Lunghini - 2017.06.26
The number of women incarcerated for a drug offense is increasing worldwide. The global female prison population, in fact, has risen by 50% in the last 15 years while the general prison population by only 20%. Drug offences are the main cause of this increase, with many cases of excessively harsh penalties for drug related crimes committed under duress. This is one of the themes under discussion at the seminar “Women and Drugs: from policy to good practice”, co-organised by Pompidou Group of the Council of Europe and the Italian Anti-Drugs Policies Department in Rome, on the occasion of the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. Italy, despite in this country drug abuse did not increase in the last years, ranks second as far as the largest consume of cannabis in Europe among young people is concerned: 19%, a percentage that is inferior only to that of France.
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Cannabis is the most popular drug in Italy
Cannabis still represents the number one illegal drug of choice among Italians. This is due to Italy’s role as significant importer from other countries that grow it, but also to its internal production. Of note is the fact that cannabinoids make up 90% of all drugs confiscated in Italy. Despite Read More.
In U.S. legalized drug dealing works through doctor’s prescriptions
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The role of cannabis in treating MS symptoms
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Roadside drug testing used all over Italy
From now on, Italian Police have roadside drugs tests which allow them to test drivers. These drug tests have already been tested in some Italian Provinces and now it has been decided to extent them all over the country. A recent circular letter by the Minister of the Interior, containing Read More.
Historic sentence on domestic cultivation of cannabis
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