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Will Tunisia finally amend harsh cannabis law?

Tunisians, including government officials, have been in favor of amending a harsh law for possession and use of cannabis, but doing so has not been easy.
Lawyers Without Borders' chief of mission in Tunisia, Antonio Manganella (L) and Human Rights Watch's director in Tunisia, Amna Guellali give a press conference on February 2, 2016 in Tunis to present a 33-page document about the country's draconian drug law.  
Tunisia must stop widespread abuses under its draconian drug use law by drafting new legislation to eliminate prison sentences for recreational drug use or possession, Human Rights Watch said. The controversial "Law 52", passed under toppled dictator

Two students in their final year of high school were arrested Feb. 12 under Tunisia’s draconian Law 52, which punishes the consumption or possession of cannabis with prison time and heavy fines. The public outcry reached enough of a fever pitch that the government felt compelled to respond.

“No to the prison sentence!” said Prime Minister Youssef Chahed during a visit to the soon-to-be-reopened El Amal, a drug rehabilitation facility. El Amal was the country’s only drug abuse treatment and prevention center before it was closed several years ago. Its reopening, a move supported by the Health Ministry, along with Chahed’s public statement, perhaps offers a bit of cautious optimism that the government might be willing to reconsider its treatment of drug users and abusers.

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