Here Comes Italy: The Next Country to Legalize Marijuana?

An effort to legalize marijuana is getting underway in the Italian parliament, with some 60 lawmakers having signed onto a motion to do just that by the time it was rolled out three weeks ago. Now, the "all party" group is getting to work on the twin tasks of drafting an actual bill and getting it enacted into law.

The effort is being led by Sen. Benedetto Della Vedova, who is also Italy's undersecretary of state for foreign affairs. Della Vedova was a long-time member of the country's Nonviolent Radical Party, but was elected to parliament as a member of the centrist Scelta Civica.


Not Only Smoke, Legalized Cannabis is Now Possible in Italy

A cross in front of a hundred MPs preparing the text of the law to bring in committee.


Italian MPs prepare draft bill to regulate cannabis

Italy could be on its way to legalize cannabis after a group of 60 MPs have gathered to draft a "pragmatic, non-ideological" bill to regulate the use of the weed, reports ANSA news agency.

The proposal, led by Senator Benedetto Della Vedova is backed by a group of 60 sentors, most of them from the ruling center-left Democratic Party and a minor support from right-wing MPs.

Della Vedova, deputy foreign minister is a longtime member of Radical Party, which has campaigned since the 1970s to liberalize marijuana laws. "Repressive action has totally failed", he told. 


PSNI seize £800,000 worth of skunk cannabis smuggled into Northern Ireland from Italy

Detectives from Organised Crime Branch have seized drugs worth £800,000, an undisclosed amount of cash and made six arrests as part of an international investigation into the illegal supply of ‘skunk’ cannabis into Northern Ireland.

Those arrested include four men and two women with ages ranging between 26 years and 33 years old.

The PSNI is the lead investigator in an operation involving colleagues from the Italian Carabiniere and the National Crime Agency.

In a major search operation on Tuesday, detectives believe they have arrested significant members of a crime gang who have been involved in money laundering and drugs trafficking activities.


The Soldiers who Cultivate Marijuana for Italy

In Florence arrives the cannabis Army: they produce a ton a year, but the demand is growing and the greenhouse could triple production.

FLORENCE - The greenhouse is complete at 250 square meters and 3 meters heigh. The lamps are installed in special frequency, the irrigation system is connected to the computer, the soil is in the plastic pots. Already today the Cra-Cin Rovigo should start a van, escorted, with 100 cuttings in cannabis. The destination is Florence, where the headquarters of the Military Chemical pharmaceutical plant are.


Marijuana Legalization In Italy: Motion To Legalize Cannabis Receives Bi-Partisan Support

Lawmakers in Italy have taken a bold stance on marijuana legalization, signing a motion Monday to legalize cannabis across the country, according to the ANSA news agency. The proposal, introduced by Sen. Benedetto Della Vedova, was backed by 60 politicians, mostly from the ruling center-left Democratic Party but with some support from the right. Della Vedova himself, a senator who also serves as the deputy foreign minister, was a longtime member of Italy's small but influential Radical Party, which has campaigned since the 1970s to liberalize marijuana laws.


Italian regions battle over access to medicinal cannabis

In Italy, living in Tuscany or Veneto makes a big difference for patients undergoing chemotherapy. Those in Tuscany have access to pain-relieving drugs based on marijuana, while those in Veneto don’t. Because the first Italian regions to have approved decrees for the regulation of cannabinoids have chosen two very different models for prescribing and access to these medicines.


"No drug can compete with the natural cannabis," the interview with Dr. Lester Grinspoon

"When I started to take care of marijuana in 1967, I had no doubt that it was a very harmful drug which, unfortunately, was being used by a growing number of young people unaware that they could not understand or did not listen to the warnings about its dangers. My intention was to describe scientifically the nature and degree of this danger. In the three following years, while browsing the scientific literature, medical and profane, my opinion began to change. I came to understand that I, like many other people in this country, I was subjected to brainwashing. My beliefs about the dangers of marijuana had little empirical foundation. When I completed the research I became convinced that cannabis was considerably less harmful than alcohol and tobacco, legal drugs most commonly used.


Cannabis: 5 Italian prohibitionist buffaloes to dismantle once and for all

In recent weeks the debate on legalization in Italy seems to have increased, at least in terms of quantity of lines dedicated to the topic in the newspapers. And after the explicit statements in favor of legalization by Umberto Veronesi and the undersecretary of the government Renzi Benedetto Della Vedova, we are now recording the reaction of the usual bastions of Prohibition in Italy: Carlo Giovanardi and the community of San Patrignano, who have joined for the occasion the "brilliant" analysis on the topic by Letizia Moratti.

It is, as always, of opinions that in the best case are absolutely ideological and irrational, and at worst they are downright lies. Buffaloes shoot weapons of mass disinformation deliberately.


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