Italy allows the small-scale cultivation of up to 4 home-grown cannabis plants at home, after a reform was approved by the House of Representatives Justice Committee on Wednesday.
President Mario Perantoni announced that “the cultivation of no more than 4 'female' plants at home has been decriminalized”, but that penalties for trafficking and distributing cannabis would increase from six to XNUMX years.
The vote, while encouraging, has yet to be ratified pending amendments and discussed in the Senate before being finalized and enshrined into law. Italy already has a fairly relaxed public approach to cannabis, allowing for the sale of 'cannabis light'. These high CBD cannabis strains containing less than 0,6% THC are sold in pharmacy style stores across the country.
A 2019 study by the University of Magna Graecia, Université Catholique de Louvain and Erasmus School of Economics showed that police confiscation of illegal marijuana decreased with the spread of “cannabis light”, along with a reduction in arrests for drug-related offenses .
The study suggested that this growing legal market took an estimated $90-170 million a year out of the hands of organized criminal gangs. Allowing small-scale home cultivation of cannabis would further reduce the proliferation of criminal-supplied cannabis and allow citizens of the country access to cannabis without fear of prosecution.