Drugs bill goes to Parliament

Draft legislation that foresees the decriminalization of the possession of small quantities of drugs for personal use but the leveling of criminal charges against individuals caught growing or manufacturing drugs or using them in public was submitted in Parliament on Monday.

The controversial bill also foresees harsher sentences for drug traffickers that could amount to as much as a life sentence.

Also the legislation paves the way for the release from prison ? subject to certain conditions ? of convicts of less serious drug-related offenses who have served at least a third of their sentence. This provision is part of a broader initiative aimed at decongesting Greece?s jails, many of which are filled to beyond double their capacity.