Italy will be first to light up Europe’s weed biz

A new approach to cannabis would have multiple financial and economic benefits
Reuters (UK)
Wednesday, September 22, 2021

italy coloseum cannabisItaly may soon jump on the weed bandwagon. A nationwide referendum to legalise cannabis will likely take place early next year. If Italian voters embrace dope, it will spark a domino effect across Europe. Backers of the pro-weed referendum have already gathered more than 500,000 signatures, the minimum required to hold a nationwide plebiscite. That paves the way for a decriminalisation vote, mirroring what happened in 18 U.S. states. With 57% of Italian voters expected to back the proposal, according to pollster Sondaggi Bidimedia, Italy has a concrete chance to turn its current restrictive system into Europe’s most liberal one.