Italy Decriminalizing Cultivation of Cannabis for Personal Use

  • Italy has become one of the first countries to decriminalize cannabis for recreational use
  • Growing cannabis at home is set to be legalized in Italy after a vote from MPs. 

Mario Perantoni, the five-star deputy and rapporteur of the bills, explained, “The cultivation of hemp at home is essential for patients who must make therapeutic use of it and who often do not find it available as well as to combat the sale and the consequent criminal undergrowth.”

Lower House’s justice committee recently approved a reform. This reform decriminalized the growth of a maximum of 4 cannabis plants at home. Thus, Italy has become one of the first European countries to decriminalize cannabis for personal use. The Czech Republic and Spain allow individuals to grow up to 5 plants at home.

However, in Italy, there are strict laws about the trafficking of cannabis. Those caught dealing cannabis can serve six to ten years in jail. 

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