Italy's chief anti-mafia and anti-terrorism prosecutor Franco Roberti attends an interview with Reuters in Rome, Italy, April 15, 2016. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi
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Decriminalizing cannabis sales would strike a blow against Daesh (ISIS) militants and Italian mobsters who, according to ongoing investigations, are smuggling hashish together, Italy's top prosecutor told Reuters.Citing estimates by the United Nations Office on Narcotics and Crime, Roberti said that the illegal drugs trade, which includes cannabis and hash, earns more than 32 billion euros ($36.10 billion) annually for Italian organized crime.Facing the huge challenges of fighting people smuggling, cocaine trafficking, and international terrorism, investigators are spending too much time and energy to combat cannabis dealers, and to little effect, Roberti said.According to the most recent government data, about 3.5 million Italians between the ages of 15-64 used cannabis in 2014 .Italy's laws against selling or growing cannabis are severe and can lead to imprisonment.
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