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Lawful sale of Cannabis light in Italy: Is it going up in smoke?

16 July 2019

Italy’s cannabis market has been booming since December 2016, when Law 242 regulating hemp cultivation and production entered into force ("Law 242"). While Law 242 governs the cultivation of the hemp plants, it does not address other implications of hemp cultivation such as the sale of hemp derivatives containing tetrahydrocannabinol ("THC"). This regulatory gap has created a gray area that a number of entrepreneurs have parlayed in an opportunity to open stores selling "cannabis light" products, including inflorescences derived from Cannabis sativa L.

A recent ruling by the Italian Supreme Court, however, is likely to tamp down enthusiasm in this new sale stream. Although the full implications of this ruling of the Supreme Court are not yet clear, we can offer our preliminary considerations below.

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