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Italy has a marijuana problem — it’s not cheap enough to accommodate patients after being legalized for medical use last year. Even with a prescription, it costs 38 euros per gram (US$1,350 per ounce) after being brought in from Holland, so the government has ordered the Italian Army to grow high-quality pot so the government can supply it to citizens more cheaply, perhaps for free. Added bonus: street pot distribution is controlled by the mafia, and making it free might hurt its business. “Some political decisions are tied to the country’s Catholic mentality,” says Gianpaolo Grassi, Italy’s foremost expert on pot. “This makes growing medical cannabis agreeable for everyone.” (RC/Reuters) ...In the U.S., we could recruit growers from the prison population, since most of them already have expertise with marijuana.
Original Publication Date: 12 October 2014
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