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Italy's 'cannabis light' creates buzz even if the pot won't

In this Thursday, June 6, 2019 photo, boxes of cookies are on sale at a Cannabis light store in Rome. It’s been called Italy’s ‘’Green Gold Rush,’’ a ...
In this Thursday, June 6, 2019 photo cannabis light plants are displayed at a cannabis light store in Milan, Italy. Interior Minister Matteo Salvini h...
In this Thursday, June 6, 2019 photo, a shop assistant holds a Kokedama moss ball cannabis light plant at a cannabis light store in Milan, Italy. It’s...
In this  Thursday, June 6, 2019 a shop assistant opens jars of cannabis buds at a cannabis light store in Milan, Italy. Interior Minister Matteo Salvi...
In this Thursday, June 6, 2019 photo, cannabis buds and products are displayed at a cannabis light store in Milan, Italy. Interior Minister Matteo Sal...
In this  Thursday, June 6, 2019 cannabis buds under a glass bell are displayed at a cannabis light store in Milan, Italy. Interior Minister Matteo Sal...
In this  Thursday, June 6, 2019 open jars of cannabis buds are displayed at a cannabis light store in Milan, Italy. Interior Minister Matteo Salvini h...
In this Thursday, June 6, 2019 photo, a shop assistant, left, shows products to a customer at a cannabis light store in Milan, Italy. It’s been called...
In this Thursday, June 6, 2019 photo shows a cannabis light store in Rome. It’s been called Italy’s ‘’Green Gold Rush,’’ a flourishing business around...
In this Thursday, June 6, 2019 photo a man walks by the entrance of a cannabis light store, in which writing reads "Legal" on the shop window, in Mila...
In this Thursday, June 6, 2019 photo, biscuits and other products are displayed at a Cannabis light store, in Rome. It’s been called Italy’s ‘’Green G...

In this Thursday, June 6, 2019 photo, boxes of cookies are on sale at a Cannabis light store in Rome. It’s been called Italy’s ‘’Green Gold Rush,’’ a ...

In this Thursday, June 6, 2019 photo cannabis light plants are displayed at a cannabis light store in Milan, Italy. Interior Minister Matteo Salvini h...

In this Thursday, June 6, 2019 photo, a shop assistant holds a Kokedama moss ball cannabis light plant at a cannabis light store in Milan, Italy. It’s...

In this Thursday, June 6, 2019 a shop assistant opens jars of cannabis buds at a cannabis light store in Milan, Italy. Interior Minister Matteo Salvi...

In this Thursday, June 6, 2019 photo, cannabis buds and products are displayed at a cannabis light store in Milan, Italy. Interior Minister Matteo Sal...

In this Thursday, June 6, 2019 cannabis buds under a glass bell are displayed at a cannabis light store in Milan, Italy. Interior Minister Matteo Sal...

In this Thursday, June 6, 2019 open jars of cannabis buds are displayed at a cannabis light store in Milan, Italy. Interior Minister Matteo Salvini h...

In this Thursday, June 6, 2019 photo, a shop assistant, left, shows products to a customer at a cannabis light store in Milan, Italy. It’s been called...

In this Thursday, June 6, 2019 photo shows a cannabis light store in Rome. It’s been called Italy’s ‘’Green Gold Rush,’’ a flourishing business around...

In this Thursday, June 6, 2019 photo a man walks by the entrance of a cannabis light store, in which writing reads "Legal" on the shop window, in Mila...

In this Thursday, June 6, 2019 photo, biscuits and other products are displayed at a Cannabis light store, in Rome. It’s been called Italy’s ‘’Green G...

ROME (AP) — A flourishing industry devoted to very weak marijuana has been dubbed Italy's "green gold rush." Italians call the barely-there weed itself "cannabis light."

Hundreds of stores sell it by the pouch labeled as collector's items not meant for consumption. Rolling papers displayed nearby advertise otherwise.

A recent Italian Supreme Court ruling and a government minister's vow to close all the shops have businesses worried cannabis light will be nipped in the bud.

Cannabis light grew out of a 2016 law designed to help Italian farmers grow industrial hemp. It allowed cannabis plants to have three times as much high-inducing THC as European Union rules permitted.

At 0.6%, Italy's upper limit for THC content is still negligible. Marijuana sold for recreational use in parts of the United States has as much as 35%.

Police in Italy are seizing products to test for a "doping effect" Italy's high court says is illegal.


Updated : 2020-12-05 23:33 GMT+08:00