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Italian soldiers on a mission to satisfy the cannabis boom

By Tom Kington

28 Dec 2022 · 3 min read

Editor's Note

It sounds improbable, but the Italian army is trying to wean the country off imported cannabis by growing its own. Just to be clear: It's done purely for medical purposes, as the Sunday Times reports.

Deep inside a labyrinthine army facility in Florence, a biologist in a white coat opens a door into a brightly lit room packed with cannabis plants, which are releasing a honey smell.

“That sweetness is a feature of our cannabis and makes it more pleasant to consume,” he says proudly.

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