Marijuana to be grown by Italian army – in order to bring the price down

The price of imported, pharmacy-bought weed as gone up 10 times as much as street prices
The Independent (UK)
Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Italy wants its army to grow cheap marijuana from next year in a bid to discourage medicinal users from funding illegal street dealers. A high-security military compound lab is earmarked for growing cannabis for the national healthcare system despite criticism from leading political and religious figures. Since the medical use of marijuana was legalised last year, the government have been on the hunt to keep costs down as few people could afford to sign up for the pharmacy scheme. (See also: To grow cheap marijuana, Italy calls in the army)