“Cannabis light” not recommended for sale, Italy’s health council tells govt

Italy’s Supreme Health Council (CSS) on Thursday told the government that it does not recommend the sale of “cannabis light.”

Italy’s Supreme Health Council told Italy’s health minister that it can’t “rule out” that “cannabis light,” which has low levels of THC is dangerous, the country’s leading wire service ANSA reported.

In Italy, the hemp flowers — with names like K8, Chill Haus, Cannabismile White Pablo and Marley CBD — are sold under the tag “cannabis light” due to their THC’s low levels.

THC is the psychoactive component found in both cannabis and hemp that gives people the “high.” Also, hemp has a much lower level of THC in comparison to cannabis.


ANSA, meanwhile, said cannabis can be sold legally, in theory at least. But it added more confusion when it said that the aromatic hemp flowers – sister plant to that of cannabis – must not be smoked or eaten and any eventual seeds must not be cultivated.

While Italy has legalized medical cannabis in 2013, there are many issues revolving around its production and sale of the green herb. In November, Italy ordered 100 kilos from abroad due shortage in the country.

First cannabis shop

Italy’s first-ever cannabis clone shop began selling medical marijuana in the northern city of Milan in January, Dope Magazine reported.  Currently, high-CBD, low-THC cannabis is already being sold all over the country, in tobacconists and general stores, and is skyrocketing in popularity, the magazine added.

In Italy, the army is the de facto cultivator of cannabis. The Italian government placed its army to be in charge of growing marijuana to cut high costs and wean off itself from Dutch imports.

In the EU, only Austria, the Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Poland and Spain currently allow medical. However, few other European countries are planning to legalize it. Using marijuana recreationally is already decriminalized in member states such as the Netherlands, Austria, Italy, and Luxembourg.

In early June, ANSA said Italy is the third in the European Union for cannabis use and the fourth for the use of cocaine, citing the European drugs agency.

Cocaine consumption was steady over the last year with some spikes, the agency said, while there were wide national differences for cannabis, and the use of ecstasy was slightly up.

In a show of changing trends in Europe, Paris has recently opened its first two cannabis coffee shops.