Italy’s Supreme Court has ruled growing small quantities of cannabis at home for private usage is legal in a landmark verdict.
The farming and selling of marijuana was barred under legislation which dates back to the 1990s but contradictory court decisions since then have generated uncertainty around the law.
The court declared the crime of growing narcotic drugs should exclude “small amounts grown domestically for the exclusive use of the grower”.
Although the ruling was made on 19 December, it was not reported in the press until after Christmas. It has sparked calls for further legalisation from cannabis advocates and fury from conservatives.
The court’s logic behind the decision has not yet been made public and a thorough, in-depth ruling will not be released for weeks or even months.
The court has opened the way, now it’s up to us,” Matteo Mantero, a senator from the co-ruling 5-Star Movement, said.
Mr Mantero presented an amendment to the 2020 budget calling for legalisation and regulation of domestic cannabis use but it was ruled inadmissible by the senate speaker from Silvio Berlusconi’s conservative Forza Italia party.