Italian drug-reform activists recently scored a major win after the Lower House’s justice committee approved a reform that allows the small-scale cultivation of cannabis at home. Aside from allowing individuals to grow up to four female plants at home, the reform also increases the penalties associated with dealing in and trafficking cannabis and raised the maximum sentence from six to 10 years. The reform, which was introduced by Italian MP Riccardo Magi, means Italy is now one of the first nations in Europe to decriminalize the cultivation of cannabis for personal use.
Although this is quite a significant achievement, pro-cannabis activists still have a long way to go. The first attempt to decriminalize cannabis was back in 1993 when the Italian Radical Party, helmed by…
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