News Flash – Italy legalises Medicinal Cannabis

posted by on March 12th 2013

 

The publication on the Italian Official Journal

The publication on the Italian Official Journal

Italy has mostly been in the news lately, because of the political crisis and new elections, the resignation of the old and the election of the new pope, and not to forget football, but something else has been taking place, something that almost went down amongst all other happenings: the legalisation of medicinal cannabis.

italian medicinal cannabis flagShortly before the end of the former governments term, a bill for the medicinal use of Cannabis was approved. Health Minister Renato Balduzzi signed the bill end of January 2013, and since mid-February it has come into effect.

As the official publication states, the decision has been taken considering the following aspects:

• THC and Dronabinol are classified as medicines while cannabis is classified as an addictive dangerous drug. (schedule I and II)
• Notes from the Superior Institute of Health, the Superior Council of Health and the Antidrug Policy Department were issued supporting the decision.

Thus, by re-scheduling cannabis derivatives in the second table (section B), the Italian government legally allows the medicinal use of cannabis in all its forms while complying with the UN Convention on Drugs.

This decision makes Italy the latest European country after the Czech Republic to legalise medicinal cannabis.

Stefanie has been studying the uses of medicinal cannabis since 2010. She publishes articles and news with the goal of educating others about cannabis.
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4 Comments

  1. alexander sippel
    Posted 12/03/2013 at 22:58 | Permalink

    I used to live in Italy when i was 2, give me another. good. excuse to go back :D

  2. Hugh Robertson
    Posted 14/03/2013 at 14:01 | Permalink

    ” THC and Dronabinol are classified as medicines while cannabis is classified as an addictive dangerous drug. (schedule I and II)”

    Then

    ” the Italian government legally allows the medicinal use of cannabis in all its forms”

    Is it “all its forms” or is it just derivatives?

    • Posted 20/03/2013 at 09:32 | Permalink

      Hello Hugh,

      The official text in Italian says:
      Medicinali di origine vegetale a base di Cannabis (sostanze e preparazioni vegetali, inclusi estratti e tinture)

      Which can be translated by the following:
      Cannabis plant-based Medicine (herbal substances and preparations, including extracts and tinctures)

      The applications of this law is still to be determined but it should include all forms of medicinal cannabis as described in the official declaration.

  3. Andy Earl
    Posted 14/03/2013 at 19:33 | Permalink

    Well done Italy!!

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