Italian Army Growing Medical Cannabis to Help Drive Down Prices

By Gabriel Samuels, The Independent

italian armyThe Italian army is growing large crops of cannabis in order to force the price of the drug down to about €8 per gram, according to the colonel overseeing production.

In September 2014, the country’s government announced the army would help increase the production of medical marijuana, with the first secure growing facility unveiled in Florence in April last year.

It is hoped the sterile chamber will produce up to 100kg of cannabis every year, strictly for use by cancer patients, multiple sclerosis sufferers and those with other medical conditions which could be alleviated by the drug.

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Italian Army Begins Cultivating Medical Cannabis

In an italyeffort to reduce the cost of cannabis for qualified patients, Italy’s army has begun cultivating the medicine.

“The aim of this operation is to make available to a growing number of patients a medical product which isn’t always readily available on the market, at a much better price for the user,” Colonel Antonio Medica told the Italian website Corriere della Sera. “We’re aiming to lower the price to under 15 euros, maybe even around 5 euros per gram”.

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