Italy Eases Up On Medical Marijuana
As cannabis makes the transition to becoming and accepted and legal substance, it leaves a lot of medical growers in a grey area of the law. Italy is now trying to clarify it.
Last year, a monumental amount of Italian politicians and legislators put their weight behind a motion that aimed to see cannabis eventually legalised, taxed and regulated within the country. Although progress is slow, it is being made. The latest news will come to a relief for medical growers, as the government removes cultivation intended for from its list of criminal offences.
Instead, those approved to grow medical cannabis will only face a civil fine instead of a prison sentence if caught breaking the conditions of their growing license. Those growing for recreational purposes will still face criminal prosecution if caught.
Currently, the use of cannabis is decriminalised, but it remains a criminal offense to grow and sell it. Those seeking out medical marijuana must purchase it from approved pharmacies that import it from here in the Netherlands.
Justice minister warned prospective growers, “"This does not decriminalize those growing weed on their terrace." The aim of the move, and the main reason cannabis use was decriminalised in the first place, stems from the need to ease Italy’s overburdened court system, which is inundated with minor offences. Other offences that were decriminalised were obscene acts and driving without a license.
What this all shows is that although cannabis technically remains illegal, the authorities of Italy don’t really view it as a serious offence – certainly not serious enough to be wasting tax payer’s money on trying to keep it criminalised.
It is thought that Italians consume on average three million kilograms of cannabis a year, making it a very lucrative source of income for the country, should it be legalised.
Either way, this most recent news shows a trend moving towards legalisation. Politicians are dragging their feet, but each move is showing they see cannabis less and less of a threat. They just need to hurry up and take the plunge!
Written by: Josh
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