ROME - Growing small amounts of marijuana at home for private use is
not a crime, Italy's top court has ruled, putting an end to a
years-long legal dispute and adding Italy to the short list of
countries to allow cultivation of recreational cannabis.
A 1990s law prohibits the cultivation and sale of marijuana in Italy,
but conflicting court decisions, and a 2016 amendment that opened a
loophole in the law, created confusion over how it should be
The country's highest court appears to have settled at least part of
the question, writing in a one-page statement of its findings that "at
home, small-scale cultivation activities are to be considered excluded
from the application of the penal code."
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