Inside a Flourishing—and Conflicted—Weed Industry | People | National Geographic Australia – National Geographic

Hemp and marijuana have been legally grown in Italy for centuries but new challenges are emerging.

While Matteo Bastianelli was photographing, he would sometimes work 30 hours straight.

When he embedded with police in Lecce, the white-stone city in southern Italy, he found himself riding along on stakeouts, watching operations to intercept drugs, and chasing leads around the clock. He watched four tonnes of seized marijuana be incinerated, and an armed confrontation to recover illegally trafficked drugs.

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Source: Inside a Flourishing—and Conflicted—Weed Industry | People | National Geographic Australia – National Geographic

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