15 parliamentarians have launched a unique initiative to campaign for the legalization of cannabis: they grow cannabis at home. The Italian Court of Cassation recently ruled that the self-cultivation of small quantities of cannabis for personal use could not be prosecuted, and the parliamentarians are calling for the decision to be respected.
In a period of economic fragility such as the one we are going through, we cannot afford to ignore the benefits that legalization would bring to our country,” says Antonella Soldo, coordinator of Meglio Legale, the pro-legalization campaign that has provided the seeds for MEPs.
Four MPs made a video to declare their home-growing, including Leonardo Aldo Penna, MP of the 5-Star Movement (M5S), who filmed himself planting a cannabis seed.
The pro-cannabis parliamentary movement brought together MPs from the Democratic parties, the 5 Star Movement, and +Europa.
Most of them met on 25 June in Montecitorio for a sit-in with associations and demanded the legalization of cannabis. Among the 15 deputies from the Cannabis Growers’ Party was Matteo Mantero, a signatory of a project for the legalization of cannabis in Italy and very active on the CBD issue.
At the same time, 100 parliamentarians sent a letter to Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte asking him to address during the next Estates-General the issue of cannabis in the broadest sense, namely the insufficient production of therapeutic cannabis in Italy, the need to unblock the subject of CBD hemp and to increase the place of hemp in a context of ecological transition and the legalization of cannabis.