The Supreme Court of Italy decriminalizes self-production
Great news for all weed lovers in Italy, in a landmark decision, the Italian Supreme Court decriminalized the production of cannabis for personal use. In the latest interpretation of the laws governing the cultivation of narcotics, the judges ruled that "Small quantities cultivated nationally for the exclusive use of the producer" should be exempt from criminal prosecution. As long as people don't overdo it and their crops remain “personal consumption,” they cannot be prosecuted, the Rome court ruled.
The ruling was already released on December 19 after the owner of two cannabis plants asked the Supreme Court to overturn his conviction. Pro-cannabis lawmakers in Italy immediately welcomed the move, saying it paves the way for the possible legalization of home cannabis cultivation. The decision was only reported by national and international media on Friday, prompting controversial backlashes from conservative politicians who support the bans as well as calls from lawyers to fully legalize cannabis.
New discussions on legalization
"The tribunal paved the way, now it's up to us to decide," said Matteo Mantero, a senator from the 5-star movement.
Mantero has previously attempted to push through an amendment to Italy's 2020 budget calling for the legalization and regulation of domestic cannabis consumption. Unfortunately, the amendment was ruled inadmissible by the President of the Senate, who is part of the conservative Forza Italia party of Silvio Berlusconi.
"Drugs cause damage, forget to grow them or buy them in stores," Matteo Salvini, leader of the right-wing League Party, said on Friday, referring to stores selling low potency "legal weed". which are widespread in Italy.
Maurizio Gasparri, a Forza Italia senator who is allied with the League Party, announced that the first law the center-right coalition would approve if it came to power "will overturn the court's absurd verdict".
The legal situation for weed in Italy is more than complicated, and the recent ruling certainly doesn't make it any clearer. As of 2016, Italians could legally use what is known as light cannabis, which contains mostly CBD and less than 0,6% THC.
Salvini, who was then interior minister, tried to shut down all legal shops saying his party "would do everything in its power to ensure that the state does not become a drug dealer".
At least for now, if you live in Italy and love to grow your own weed, your plants are safe, as long as you don't overdo it.