Italy’s army will soon begin growing cannabis to help meet the country’s needs for cannabis-derived medications.
The Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Defense have reached an agreement that will put the military in charge of operations to cultivate cannabis and to produce cannabis-based medicines, according to the Italian newspaper La Stampa.
According to the agreement, a military pharmaceutical plant in Florence that currently produces drugs for Italy’s armed forces, as well as other products for the market including cosmetics and spirits, is where the cannabis will be grown under strict-control.
Although the private cultivation of cannabis is currently illegal, cannabis-derived medicines, such as Sativex, are legally allowed for those with a prescription.
The Italian government is expected to make a formal announcement about the move at the end of September.