The Italian Supreme Court decriminalizes self-production
Great news for all lovers of the herb in Italy, in a historic decision, the Italian Supreme Court decriminalized the production of cannabis for personal use. In the latest interpretation of the drug laws, the judges ruled that "Small quantities grown nationally for the exclusive use of the producer" should be exempt from criminal prosecution. As long as people do not do too much and their cultures remain "personal consumption", they cannot be prosecuted, ruled the court in Rome.
The decision was made on December 19 after the owner of two cannabis plants asked the Supreme Court to quash his conviction. Pro-cannabis lawmakers in Italy immediately welcomed the decision, saying it paves the way for a possible legalization of the cultivation of cannabis at home. The decision was not reported by national and international media until Friday, prompting controversial reactions from conservative politicians who favor the bans as well as calls from lawyers to fully legalize cannabis.
New discussions on legalization
"The court paved the way, now it's up to us to decide," said Matteo Mantero, a senator from the 5-star movement.
Mantero has already tried to pass an amendment to the Italian budget for 2020 calling for the legalization and regulation of the domestic consumption of cannabis. Unfortunately, the amendment was declared inadmissible by the President of the Senate, who is part of the conservative Forza Italia party of Silvio Berlusconi.
"Drugs cause harm, forget to grow them or buy them in stores," Matteo Salvini, leader of the Right League Party, said on Friday, referring to stores selling low-powered "legal herb" which are widespread in Italy.
Maurizio Gasparri, a senator from Forza Italia who is allied with the League Party, announced that the first law that the center-right coalition would approve if it came to power “will quash the absurd court verdict”.
The legal situation of grass in Italy is more than complicated, and the recent decision certainly does not make it clearer. Since 2016, Italians could legally use what is called light cannabis, which mainly contains CBD and less than 0,6% THC.
Salvini, who was then interior minister, tried to close all the legal stores saying that his party "would do everything in its power to prevent the state from becoming a drug dealer".
At least for now, if you live in Italy and like to grow your own weed, your plants are safe, as long as you don't overdo it.