ROME - The decriminalisation of marijuana may be in Italy's future, as the lower House of the Italian parliament will examine the bill on the legalisation of cannabis by year's end. The text of the bill had recently been included in the quarterly schedules by the conference of the party group leaders.
The first examination will take place within the Justice Committee. Citizens who have come of age will be allowed to use marijuana (derived from the cannabis plant) for recreational purposes and keep 15 grams in their homes, and 5 grams outside of their houses. The text of the bill was concluded on Thursday in Montecitorio's quarterly calendar by the conference of party group leaders. The most interesting passages of the text include:
- Possession: legal possession of marijuana for recreational purposes, from 5 grams to 15 grams in private homes, which will not require authorisation.
Drug dealing will be punished, however, even if under 5 grams.
Therapeutic use of marijuana is allowed with a medical prescription, even if greater than the amount allowed for recreational purposes.
- Private plant crops: it is allowed to grow up to five female cannabis plants, both individually or in associations. It is allowed to keep the produce of the crops grown. - Cannabis social clubs: when the plant is grown by associations, the latter must be a non-profit association whose members will need to be adult citizens residing in Italy and must not exceed a total number of 50.
- Sale of cannabis: plant cultivation, the preparation of its by-products and retail selling will be under a monopoly system. Also, private individuals can be entitled to sell only following authorisation granted by the Agenzia delle Dogane e dei Monopoli.
- Medical treatment: norms have been envisaged in order to streamline the selection of cannabis cultivation areas for medical purposes and of the pharmaceutical companies authorised for cannabis' production. The procedures for delivery, prescription and sale of medication containing cannabis have been streamlined as well.
- Bans: a general principle bans marijuana and hashish smoking in public spaces and in working environments, both private and public workplaces. Marijuana and hashish smoking will only be allowed in private places, both indoors and outdoors.
- Ban when driving: legalisation of marijuana will not imply a mitigation of the Street Code regulations and the penalties for being in a state of psychological and physical alteration while driving.
- Prevention: 5 percent of the yearly profits made by the State from the legalisation of the market will be allocated to projects of the National Fund for actions against drug abuse.
AGI/Oct. 1, 2015
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