Italy Decriminalizes Weed
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“This does not decriminalize those growing weed on their terrace”

Italy used its time last week to look over and reform current policies relating to a number of minor offences. Among these offences was the cultivation of cannabis for medical reasons.

Justice Minister Andrea Orlando approved the bill to decriminalize growing cannabis for medical use, but warned, “This does not decriminalize those growing weed on their terrace.” Growing cannabis for personal use in Italy still carries a hefty penalty of up to a year in prison and a fine of €4 million.

It’s hoped that the bill will lighten punishments on medical researchers who sometimes happen to grow more crops than they have been allotted. In these cases, they would be given a fine instead of the usually jail sentence.

The bill will also free up space in the congested Italian justice system. Minister Orlando also commented on this – “It will free up courts from issues of little relevance,” he said, “and make sanctions more effective.”

It’s not just Italy, there’s other countries on the road to decriminalisation too, such as Ireland and Croatia.

Source – Leafly

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