420 with CNW – Top Italian Court Rules That Growing a Few Marijuana Plants at Home is Legal

420 with CNW – Top Italian Court Rules That Growing a Few Marijuana Plants at Home is Legal

Italians have joined the club of countries that allow their residents to grow and use a limited amount of marijuana at home as long as it’s for personal use. The country’s highest court in Rome made the landmark decision long before Christmas, on December 19, but local media only got wind of the news last Friday. Legislation dating back to the 1990s barred the farming and sale of marijuana, but there has been great uncertainty about the laws due to contradictory court decisions. After being asked to clarify, the Court of Cassation declared that the crime of growing narcotics should exclude “small amounts grown domestically for the exclusive use of the growers.” In a one page statement, the court said that “at home, small scale cultivation activities are to be considered excluded from the application of the penal code.” Matteo Mantero, a senator from the 5-Star Movement, the governing coalition party, presented an amendment to the 2020 budget calling for the legalization and regulation of domestic cannabis use. Sadly, it was ruled inadmissible by the Senate speaker form Silvio Berlusconi’s conservative Forza Italia party. He says that the Court has opened up the way for cannabis legalization and that it’s…

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