- TABLE OF CONTENTS
- Growing Cannabis For Personal Use
- Cannabis And The Supreme Court
- Going Forward With Cannabis
Grow Your Own Cannabis
Medical marijuana growers in Italy felt safer in 2013 when this was legalised. It was done in an effort to reduce the court systems large amount of cases that are on the tickets. People could not grow it freely or without a license but if you had one you would be safe. Fines were being looked at as punishment instead of a year in jail.
Growing Cannabis For Personal Use
Moving onto 2014 the laws there regarding drug possession became very lenient. Possession would involve your driver’s license being suspended or your passport. Italy has classed its drugs into 1-3 month or 2 to 12-month sentences and like most countries, first-time offenders would very rarely be charged. This was a big step as before you would receive up to a year in prison regardless, and anything up to a 4 million euro fine.
What is extremely strange with the laws is there are no set limits on what would be classed as personal use or drug trafficking. It seems that law enforcement officials define this. Leaving this open leads to all sorts of abuse from bribery to unfair treatment if precedence isn’t taken into account.
Cannabis And The Supreme Court
In December of 2019, this decision was challenged and sent forward to the Supreme court however the Italian Court of Cassation lost. Italians will be allowed to grow cannabis for personal use. All went under the radar and avoided national coverage. Again something that would be very strange. If Irish citizens could grow two cannabis plants at home for personal use I am pretty sure it would be on the news straight away.
Going Forward With Cannabis
When the EU allowed Sativa to be grown at a THC level of 0.2% Italians embraced this and they began to grow and use Industrial hemp. It seems Italy allowed the translation of 0.2% THC into the CBD products that were being produced by this hemp. Something that Ireland has not done as any THC level that is found in CBD Oil or Hemp Oil is deemed illegal under the misuse of drugs act 1997.
There is still a very large objection to this movement in the country. Cannabis, unlike alcohol, has not been normalised anywhere. There are still a lot of unnecessary stigmas attached to Cannabis and its uses. Many still believe CBD Oil is snake oil, has no benefits, and cannabis is just good for getting high. It only takes one generation for something to be ingrained in society and Cannabis is nowhere near this type of acceptance or use. The political climate can change very quickly and if a new set of politicians comes up these news laws could all be taken away.
The party on top in Italy is called the Five Star Movement and once was going full steam ahead. Just recently its leader stepped down which caused it to lose significant momentum. It also lost numerous seats and positions in various departments further damaging its appearance to the public. However, the people in countries like Italy and Ireland have grown tired of the same old same old. Change at all levels has started in many of the EU countries in regards to cannabis and other areas and the train has already left the station.
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Cannabis or Marijuana is illegal in Ireland due to the THC levels in the plant. THC is regulated under the misuse of drugs act 1997. We do have a legal Medical Cannabis program however this requires a license and is extremely hard to get.
Weed or Marijuana is illegal in Ireland and remains a controlled substance. It falls under the misuse of drugs act 1997. Ireland does have its own pilot medical cannabis program that started in 2019 and is due to finish in 2024 for a review.
CBD Oil and CBD products are legal in Ireland as long as they contain NO TRACE of THC in them. All Hemp Oils or Hemp products fall under the same rules. These are classed as food supplements and must be registered with the FSAI before being on sale.
Hemp can be grown in Ireland and the EU as long it is Sativa – Industrial Hemp. Currently this is the only strain allowed to be grown. When it is growing the THC level must be 0.2% or below. Anything above and it is classed as Cannabis and illegal. This Irish and EU law does not translate into CBD products. THC is a controlled substance and no product that is being sold for human consumption can have any trace of THC in them.