In a landmark decision that triggered anger from the country’s conservatives and calls for further legalization from cannabis advocates, Italy’s Supreme Court has ruled that small scale domestic cannabis cultivation is legal. On December 19, the Court of Cassation was called on by the Supreme Court to give a clear interpretation of the Consolidated Law, the legal framework for dealing with drugs in the country. However, its interpretation of the law, stating that personal cultivation of small amounts of cannabis is legal, went under the radar until after Christmas.
Since 2014, Italy’s law has provided a distinction between softer and harder drugs, with personal possession of softer drugs, like cannabis, incurring a penalty of 1-3 months administrative punishment and harder drugs incurring a penalty of 2-12 months. The Consolidated Law of 1990 made the cultivation and sale of marijuana illegal, and it is punishable under the same system of hard and soft drugs. Over the years, however, different legal cases handled through the system generated…
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