Italy’s right-wing government may end up banning hemp, putting a sector at risk

Italy may soon ban hemp flowers and hemp flower extracts with a THC content of less than 0.2%, as the country’s far-right government takes a conservative stance on cannabis. This position is in open contrast with an EU-wide tendency to a more liberal regulatory approach.

The proposed ban in Italy equates the import, processing, transport, distribution, sale and consumption of hemp flower not meant for industrial use, regardless of its THC content, to a criminal offence based on the country’s law on narcotic substances.

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Tiziana Cauli

Senior reporter/health & science editor
Tiziana is an Italian journalist from Sardinia. She has worked for both international and local media in Italy, South Africa, France, Spain, the UK, Lebanon and Belgium. She also worked as a communications manager for several international NGOs in the humanitarian sector.

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