Florence's Pharmaceutical and Military Manufacturing Plant Says "Need More Medical Cannabis"


Florence's military pharmacy will increase production to meet growing demand

After Salvini, Minister of the Interior, who withdraws the proposal to legalize and does not take into account the needs of an entire sector or the law, it is the turn of the Italian army, (only authorized center of Italy to produce) to place his right.

since 2017, the sale of cannabis light with THC concentration lower than 0,2% is legal in Italy. Hundreds of stores selling these products have opened since. Despite the attack on these businesses Minister of the Interior Matteo Salvini, the military pharmaceutical factory says want to " Doubling production".

The production of medical cannabis in Italy is expected to increase production in response to growing demand. Currently, the production capacity is about 150 kilos compared to an estimated annual demand for 2019 of about one ton. The rest is offset by imports mostly from the Netherlands.

"Thanks to the additional funding provided by the latest financial law, Italy is awarding a call for tenders to identify a company that will expand its cannabis greenhouses. By 2020, we will be able to increase production capacity to three hundred pounds a year, "said Colonel Antonio Medica, director of the military pharmaceutical factory in Florence.

In Italy, the army provides medical marijuana, for some it is a big problem.
Antonio Medica, colonel in charge of the cannabis laboratory of the Italian army, shows the marijuana produced at the chemical and pharmaceutical institute (ICFM), the 27 January 2017 in Florence

To meet the growing demand, the Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of Health are also considering identifying one or more private partners, who could invest in increasing production at the Pharmaceutical of Florence where there is also the square.

"We have immediate areas to reach more than four thousand kilograms of production a year," said Colonel Medica. We have the skills but we lack investment, we are looking for a partner to make this major jump in production in terms of quantity, which we will then ensure the quality.

The ultimate goal is to saturate national needs and perhaps even produce a surplus available for export.

"We are also working in the field of extractions, adds the colonel. We have found a way to make an oily extract like that produced by all pharmacies but manufactured at the industrial level, which will ensure its standardization.

All of these events unfold as thousands of people marched Saturday 11 May for the 19th edition of the "Million March for Cannabis"

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