Lega and Fratelli d’Italia tried to block the referendum on cannabis with an amendment, without succeeding

Lega and Fratelli d’Italia tried to block the referendum on cannabis with an amendment, without succeeding
Lega and Fratelli d’Italia tried to block the referendum on cannabis with an amendment, without succeeding

On Wednesday morning Lega and Fratelli d’Italia tried to block the organization of the referendum on legal cannabis with an amendment presented to the Chamber’s Constitutional Affairs Committee, which was rejected.

The commission was discussing the conversion into law of the decree by which the government postponed by one month the deadline for filing the signatures collected to organize the referendum on legal cannabis to the Court of Cassation. The deadline would have been September 30, but the promoters of the referendum had reported some problems that threatened to prevent the submission of signatures on time. The government then granted the extension.

On Wednesday Lega and Fratelli d’Italia presented an amendment that would have suppressed the extension, in an attempt to make the signatures deposited last week in the Supreme Court unusable and thus skip the referendum. However, the amendment was rejected, with the votes of the Democratic Party, Movimento 5 Stelle, + Europa and the abstention of Forza Italia. However, it is not sure that if the amendment had passed the referendum would not have taken place. There are several theories of scholars and constitutionalists on the question: according to some, given that the signatures were deposited when the decree was in force, the amendment could not have annulled its validity.

Igor Iezzi, leader of the Lega in the commission, motivated the amendment by saying that the referendum is a “scam that meanly talks about cannabis when in reality it deals mostly with hard drugs. If some parties of the majority want to legalize cocaine, let them say it clearly ». In reality this is not the case, and the question posed refers only to marijuana. Iezzi said the League will resubmit the rejected amendment even during the discussion in the House.

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