Serhat TUNAR -TDO- Italy's parliament has allowed the plant, also known as light cannabis, to be produced and sold within the country, where the drug effect is less than normal types.
The draft law had been a topic of discussion in the country for some time. According to Euronews, from 1 January 2020, weeds containing THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the active ingredient in cannabis, will be traded in shops selling cigarettes and tobacco throughout Italy by 0.5 per cent.
Italy's government plans to control the illegal trafficking of cannabis in the country with the law, it said, adding that it would increase tax revenues by registering products legally sold in shops.
Coldiretti, one of the largest agricultural cooperatives in Italy, welcomed the parliament's decision. While there were 400 hectares of cannabis cultivation in Italy in 2013, by 2018 this figure had grown to 4,000 hectares.