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The Italian army has decided to engage in the production of cannabis for medicines in accordance with the Ministry of Health.

Italian Army will Grow Cannabis

Agreement was signed by the Minister of health Beatrice Lorenzin and Minister of defense Roberta Pinotti .

They said that it is about the production of medicines for the extreme pains of some major diseases like multiple sclerosis. It has no ideologically or cultural value, it is solely an operation in the interest of patients.

Cannabis will be grown in special chambers of chemical and pharmaceutical military establishments within the barracks in Florence. It's actually a small pharmaceutical industry intended for military needs which will be extended to civil.

This military facility will produce 80 to 100 kilograms of active ingredient of cannabis annually, or as needed for Italy. The product will be intended for local pharmacies and health institutions which will be able to make medicines.

The two ministers said that the process of production will be cheaper than the current imports of raw materials for the production of medicines based on cannabis.

In Italy there is only one drug on the basis of this plant which is typically prescribed to patients with multiple sclerosis. Other drugs on this basis are usually imported, and the whole procedure is long and expensive.

In Italy possesion of marijuana is illegal however the possession of small amounts for personal use is a misdemeanor, while sale, transport and cultivation are illegal. Maybe this is the first step towards marijuana legalization modeled on Washington and Colorado?

http://www.euronews.com/2014/09/19/italy-defence-minister-tasks-military-to-grow-marijuana/

http://www.3news.co.nz/world/italian-army-aims-high-with-new-weapon-2014091908


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Alena Samoilova Alena Samoilova

Sep 29, 2014 23:48

Italy has an army?

William Stone William Stone

Sep 19, 2014 14:04

This will be the 'highest' level or crazy for Italian army! :D

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