The subject of cannabis legalisation in Italy is still generating lively discussions, with varying views on how best to approach drug policy. Recently, during a discussion about the nation’s drug policy with Più Europa Secretary Riccardo Magi, Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni got involved in controversy. Meloni was describing the difficulties brought on by drug use when Magi entered the room holding a placard that said:
“Cannabis: if the State doesn’t act, the mafia will.”
This incident highlights the contrasting views on the impact of cannabis legalisation.
Sides of cannabis discussion in Italy
One argument makes the case that making narcotics, especially cannabis, legal will accidentally help criminal groups like the mafia. The worry is that the mafia would simply move its operations to the legal market. Nevertheless they would continue to participate in criminal activities like the sale of hard drugs. This is what would happen if drug trafficking were to become legal. This perspective’s supporters emphasise the necessity of maintaining strong opposition to drug legalisation. It is in order to prevent unintentionally strengthening criminal networks.
On the other side of the argument, supporters argue that doing so would weaken the illicit market and reduce the power of criminal groups. They say that the government can guarantee product quality and safety by regulating the cultivation and distribution of cannabis. Legalising cannabis would also free up police resources in Italy. So that they could concentrate on more severe crimes and decrease the workload on the criminal justice system.
Beyond the question of legalisation, there is a larger social issue to take into account. Public view of drugs, including cannabis, is greatly influenced by how they are seen in popular culture. Drug use often appears in a glamorous light in films, television shows, and social media platforms, which helps normalise and reduce drug use. Particularly on young people who might be more vulnerable to cultural influences, this might have negative impacts. In order to combat the cultural glamorization of drugs, it is essential to educate the younger generation about the hazards and potential dangers of drug usage.
In the end, there are many different viewpoints on the legalisation of cannabis in Italy, each having advantages and disadvantages. Assessing the possible outcomes while having a good conversation and taking into account various points of view is crucial. To successfully address the numerous issues related to drug use and reduce the influence of criminal organisations, drug policy must strike a balance between public health, social issues, and law enforcement operations.