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Italy’s Military-Run Weed Farms Will Run Down Costs on Treatment

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.

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Bipartisan Medical Marijuana Bill Would End Federal Ban

35 States have some kind of medical marijuana. Isn’t it about time the federal government got with the program?

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Yesterday, United States Senators Cory Booker, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Rand Paul presented a new bill that would dramatically shift the federal government’s long-time position on medical marijuana. The law would effectively end the nominal national ban on the drug, opening up avenues for states to pursue medical programs without interference from Washington.

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Chilean TV Show Rehabilitates Marijuana’s Public Image

Cultiva TV brings marijuana activism to the small screen.

As efforts to decriminialize marijuana use make significant gains in Latin American countries, a new TV channel in Chile is now making an attempt to win the hearts and minds of the public at large. It’s called Cultiva TV, and the people behind it want to dispel misinformation about marijuana consumption and educate Chileans about the “medicinal, cultural and spiritual” properties of getting high. The program doesn’t just aim to change the way people think about and consume weed, it also intends to address marijuana regulation around the world and cultivation of the cannabis plant.

In the first episode, Cultiva TV reporters sought to understand European drug regulation laws. They visited a marijuana coffee shop in Amsterdam and interviewed a patient with dystonia who was consuming cannabis to relieve her muscular convulsions. Host Cristián Ansaldo dons a marijuana-leaf print jacket and walks through a lush green lanscape as he introduces each new segment of the show.

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