by Stefanie on 12/03/2013

News Flash – Italy legalises Medicinal Cannabis



 

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.

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alexander sippel

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

12/03/2013

Hugh Robertson

" 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?

14/03/2013

Ben Sensi

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.

20/03/2013

Andy Earl

Well done Italy!!

14/03/2013

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