The plants are expected to yield around 220 pounds of medication annually.
In a bid to cut down the price of medical marijuana in the country, Italy has unveiled its first military-managed cannabis farm. The plants are expected to yield around 220 pounds of medication annually, and are being cultivated in a secure room at the Stabilimento Chimico Farmaceutico Militare in Florence.
Doctors in Italy are allowed to legally prescribe medicinal marijuana, but the cost of the substance is not covered by the state. Currently, medical marijuana is imported to Italy from abroad, and can cost patients up to 35 euros (39.24 USD) a gram. Colonel Antonio Medica told Corriere TV that he hopes to bring the price down to under 15, perhaps even 5, euros per gram.