Italy: Defence minister tasks military to grow marijuana

Italy is to grow medical marijuana to make it easily available to the sick. But it will be grown at a secure military lab.

The laboratory already produces “orphan” drugs no longer made by large pharmaceutical companies that are needed to treat rare diseases, said Defence Minister Roberta Pinotti after signing an agreement with Health Minister Beatrice Lorenzin.

“The institute already produces some medicines,” Pinotti added, explaining the unusual case of tasking the military to grow pot. “And …

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