by Ben Sensi on 28/01/2013 | Cannabis News

A Cannabis Social Club is being born in Italy

The 29th of January 2013 could be a historic day for the reform of cannabis laws in Italy, a country traditionally strict in regards to cannabis growing.


Carabinieri The 29th of January 2013 could be a historic day for the reform of cannabis laws in Italy, a country traditionally strict in regards to cannabis growing.

Andrea Trisciuoglio and Lucia Spiri, two persons using cannabis to relieve the symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis, found the assistance and support necessary to inaugurate the opening of the first Cannabis Social Club in Italy, called PianTiamo. Among their supporters are the mayor of the town of Racale (Lecce), Donato Metallo, the member of parliament Rita Bernardini and well-known Italian figures such as Mina Welby and Don Andrea Gallo.

A press conference will take place to present the club to the population and gather as much support as possible for this project that they consider as a social revolution for the benefit of patients with incurable diseases.

As the organizers explain:

“We […] are suffering from multiple sclerosis and we treat [its symptoms] with cannabis. As an emergency for patients, the first Cannabis Social Club in Italy will be created in 2013 in the town of Racale. Every day, thousands of patients, have to buy cannabis from a greater or lesser criminal organization to alleviate their suffering, with the catastrophic consequences this implies as we all know. The only alternative is to grow the cannabis necessary, but few countries allow the cultivation and consumption of this plant. The creation of a Cannabis Social Club represent a mark of consideration towards people suffering from diseases that could benefit from the properties of cannabis.“

This approach has the support of the mayor of the municipality who consider that:

“Accepting to host this initiative in our community is a human gesture of awareness and participation rather than an institutional one (…) I am proud to welcome this association and I totally agree with their initiative. Although it seems risky to others , I consider it an act of courage and a call for democracy “

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