Lex Blog Report: Italy Moves toward Legalising Cannabis… for Everyone
Authors: Edouard de Nyary Comandini & Laura van der Meer November 18, 2019 Source: https://www.lexblog.com/2019/11/18/italy-moves-toward-legalising-cannabis-for-everyone/ The Italian Parliament has established an intergroup on the legalisation of cannabis following calls to address the need for its decriminalisation and shortages of medical cannabis. More than 50 members of Parliament already have applied to join the intergroup, mainly from the left. For now, no one from the centre-right has asked to participate. The impetus behind this movement is multifaceted but at the forefront is Walter de Benedetto, a patient with rheumatoid arthritis potentially facing prison for growing nine marijuana plants to assuage his pain. The movement is supported by 25,000 signatures to date and aims to rekindle the 2016 citizens’ initiative to legalise cannabis. Italy and other Member States allow the growing of hemp (Cannabis sativa L.) stemming from seeds listed on the EU’s Common Catalogue of Varieties of Agricultural Plant Species. EU subsidies are available for crops that do not exceed 0.2 percent tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the psychotropic substance in cannabis. Italy does not require an authorisation for cultivation and does not penalise growers if their crops exceeds 0.2 percent THC as long as the production was in compliance with all legal requirements. This protection…
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