Constitutional Court throws out harsh drug law
Equated Class A narcotics to hashish, marijuana12 February, 14:20
Another Milan judge recently turned a similar case over to the Constitutional Court, based on the same argument.
Defense attorneys in both cases also challenged the Fini-Giovanardi law on the grounds that the government at the time fast-tracked it by tacking it on to legislation related to security financing for the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin.
Detractors of the law, which was sponsored at the time by then-right-wing MP Gianfranco Fini and centrist MP Carlo Giovanardi, also argue it violates a 1993 popular referendum in which a majority of Italians voted to decriminalize drug possession for personal consumption.