The Italian Parliament adopted an amendment to the draft budget for 2020 legalizing the production and sale of light cannabis (-0.5% THC) after months of uncertainty for farmers and traders in this product.
The amendment in question provides that this cannabis may be freely sold in tobacco shops and specialized stores from 1 January on condition that it contains no more than 0.5% THC, the main active substance with psychotropic effects.
In May 2018, Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, leader of the far-right League, which adopted a conservative morality speech, had launched a crusade against stores selling light cannabis under a law passed two years earlier, claiming that he would close them one after the other.
The Court of Cassation had appeared to agree with him, claiming that the sale or cultivation of cannabis was illegal. But the high court had entrusted the assessment of each judge, who had to deal with specific cases. To verify the “narcotic effect” of the substance held by the accused person.
In addition to this discretion given to judges . The Court recalled that parliament could intervene in this area under constitutional principles. It's already in place. And the people working in this sector have breathed a sigh of relief. “It's the end of a nightmare.
After Salvini's witch hunt, I had to lay off 10 people and lost 68% of my turnover. Luca Fiorentino, founder of Cannabidiol Distribution, said. A New York university study shows that:
The legal sale of light cannabis had reduced organized crime by 200 million euros. He said
The farmers' union Coldiretti described this action by the Italian legislator as “timely”. Ensuring that the land under cannabis cultivation in Italy had increased from 400 hectares in 2013 to 4000 hectares in 2018.