Italy

Thu
23
Jul

High on the menu: cannabis spaghetti features at Italian foodfest

Any Italian will tell you: pasta is healthy and makes you feel good. But what about spaghetti made from cannabis?

Farmers from southern Italy presenting their wares at a London food festival this week say their hemp pasta, oil and bread won't get you high, but do provide a healthy, tasty alternative to the traditional, wheat variety.

"Hemp food is truly organic," said Marzio Ilario Fiore, 30, whose farm in the Molise region produces hemp oil and flour. "Hemp requires no pesticides, no fertilizers, and only moderate amounts of water." Cannabis is most often associated with the psychoactive effects of marijuana, but some strains of the plant can also be cultivated for food.

Wed
22
Jul

Italy: Cannabis legalisation is coming

Italian politicians took the first steps for a brave new world of legal cannabis this week when 200 of them agreed a draft text to legalize the growing, sale, transport and use of cannabis.  Specifically, if subsequently approved by Italian Parliament up to 15g of cannabis would be legal to possess, and up to 5 plants would be permitted.  Additionally, cannabis would be sold in Govt approved shops.

 

Fri
17
Jul

Meet the Italian 'Colonel Mary Jane'

For nearly a century, the Italian army has produced medicine for the country.  This year, they’ve taken on the production of a new drug: marijuana.

An unmistakable aroma fills the air of an immaculate lab.  Dressed in a white lab coat, Antonio Medica carefully clips away at a leafy green plant with his garden scissors. It’s a big day for him. He’s finally harvesting his first marijuana crop. 

But Medica isn’t your next-door grower.  He’s a colonel in the Italian army. His lab is inside the army’s pharmaceutical facility — a highly guarded base in Florence. This year, they’ve taken on the production of a new drug.

“Our variety contains the two active principals, THC and Cannabidiol,” said Medica. 

Thu
16
Jul

Italy takes step toward legalizing pot

Italy took its first official step toward full legalization of pot on Wednesday, leading Europe in what would be a groundbreaking change for the continent.

The Intergrupo Parlamentare Cannabis Legale, a cross-party committee of lawmakers, agreed on a provisional text to legalize the consumption, growing, production and sale of cannabis under certain conditions. The text was signed by 218 members of parliament, and not just the usual backers of such measures.

Wed
15
Jul

ITALY CLOSE TO YES ON CANNABIS

Today 218 members of the Italian parliament voted for a bill to legalize cannabis. Sponsored by Benedetto Della Vedova, a junior minister for foreign affairs, the bill would allow the growing of up to five plants. You could store 15 grams at home and be allowed to carry five grams outside. Selling the plant would still remain illegal.

Tue
14
Jul

I can get arrested for that? Some acts that could get you in hot water overseas

Thinking of going to Amsterdam to get stoned? Think again. While "coffee shops" still sell all manner of legal ways to get ripped, the law was changed two years ago so that only residents of the Netherlands can legally purchase marijuana in these cafes.

How about feeding pigeons in San Francisco or carrying your shopping in a plastic bag in Rwanda? Sounds harmless but both those acts are actually prohibited.

In Florence, Italy, it is an offence to sit and eat on the steps of major churches and public buildings. 

Tue
07
Jul

Australian Mafia: the more it changes, the more it stays the same

Perhaps as befits a godfather of the Italian-Australian Mafia, Frank Barbaro was, in 2003, attending a funeral every fortnight.

"Frank Barbaro was prepared to travel very long distances to attend such gatherings,"  were the dry words of a 2003 joint-police report into the state of the Mafia in Australia.

"These attendances at funerals of [Italian Organised Crime] and family connected associates related to matters of respect, and presented networking opportunities."

Barbaro, a Griffith, NSW-based scion of one of the pre-eminent families of the Calabrian-Mafia, apparently styled himself as the glue that stuck the Australian Mafia together.

Fri
26
Jun

Italy: Man who grew marijuana in his cellar is acquitted

In Italy, a man has been acquitted despite growing marijuana at home, because it was for personal use and not for dealing.

Fri
19
Jun

Here is the draft law for the legalization of cannabis in Italy

The parliamentary intergroup for the legalization of cannabis has developed the cornerstones of the draft law to be presented to the rooms: the right to self, cannabis social club on the Spanish model, and state monopoly with regard to sales. Some details may change in future meetings, but the general structure of the bill will be this.

Objective Intergroup (which exceeded 150 accessions between MPs and senators of various opinions) to turn the draft into a real bill as soon as possible and look for the scheduling for the parliamentary debate before the summer.

RIGHT TO SELF

Fri
19
Jun

Friday Funny: Dealer not guilty because marijuana wilted

A drug dealer whose marijuana seedlings were found to be wilted can’t be convicted of trafficking.

This is according to Italy’s Court of Cassation, which recently upheld the appeal by a man who was convicted by first and second grade courts for the offence of growing, trafficking and possession of illicit drugs. The high court judges, however, pointed out that the bad vegetative state of the four plants found on the accused’s balcony meant that the police could not verify “the effective offensiveness of the actual alleged cultivation.”

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