After a reform was adopted by the Lower House’s justice committee on Wednesday, Italy is likely to allow small-scale cannabis plant growth at home.
The new law makes it legal to grow up to four female cannabis plants at home.
However, it raises the maximum sentence for offences involving cannabis trafficking and dealing from six to ten years.
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In 2016, the “cannabis light” Law 242/16 removed the need for authorization to plant certified cannabis seeds with levels of THC below 0.2%, while the detection of THC levels between 0.2% and 0.6% during field inspections is still considered acceptable, when it can be attributed to natural causes.
The law also requires farmers to keep the certification receipts for up to one year, however the use of cannabis leaves and inflorescences for edible products is still prohibited.
The potential revenue from the sale of cannabis light in Italy is estimated to be more than 40 million euros, and by 2018 hundreds of new businesses started growing cannabis in several Regions.
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