The Italian Parliament has started debating a law that could legalize the home cultivation of cannabis.
The bill for the self-production of cannabis provides for the possibility of cultivating 4 female plants for personal use, the reduction of penalties for minor offenses and the abolition of administrative sanctions for possession of cannabis for personal use.
In addition, it is planned to establish, at the beginning of each school year, in primary and secondary schools, a national day on the harmful effects of alcoholism, smoking and the use of drugs and psychotropic substances.
“The start of the debate on the law that authorizes the domestic cultivation of four cannabis plants marks a historic day for our country, rooted in old and failed repressive policies against drugs”, celebrated Mario Perantoni, president of the Justice Commission of the Chamber of Deputies and member of the M5E party.
“The law will save 600 million a year in spending on unnecessary processes, but above all it will make possible extensive therapeutic use and take space away from drug trafficking,” Perantoni said.
The project has the support of the centre-left and the M5E. Against are the Lega, the Brothers of Italy and Forza Italia.
The supporters of the law hope that it can be voted on by the Chamber of Deputies before the summer and then land in the Senate in September when parliamentary work resumes.