The title really gives all of the details. Libertarians are usually quick to celebrate these kinds of liberalizations of government authority but I always take these times to reiterate and oft forgotten fact. Italy has not “given more rights to drug users”. I hear this so often and strangely enough almost universally from more “left” policies such as gay marriage “Massachusetts has given the right to marry to homosexuals.” This is a blatant misrepresentation of the truth. The right of self-ownership is universal and each and every person already has the right to consume any drugs they please or to marry whomever they choose. Government action has taken away those rights and them removing that restriction is not the same as giving away rights. Rights cannot be granted, they are innate and inalienable. Rights can only be removed by force. Two forces in this world deny rights to others. Criminals and the Government. Most libertarians do not make a distinction between the two.