Newsbrief: Italian Legislative Body Asks for Medical Marijuana 5/3/02

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On Monday, the Regional Council of Lombardy, Italy's most important regional legislative assembly, passed a motion asking "the Government and the Parliament to regulate the medical use of cannabis and its derivatives." The move could draw Italy more deeply into the ongoing international debate over medicinal uses of cannabis.

Although the motion was presented by the Transnational Radical Party/Bonino's list legislative bloc, it was also endorsed by a broad spectrum of other parties, including Forza Italia (the party of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi), the Christian Democrats, the Italian Peoples' Party, the Retired Party, the Socialists, the Greens and the Communist Refoundation Party.

Yasha Reibman, physician and Member of the Regional Council for the Transnational Radical Party, released the follow statement after the vote: "It is an historic decision, and thanks to this vote we can continue to defend freedom of cure both for the physicians and for the patients. Each physician should be allowed to prescribe the cure and the medicines that he deems, according to science and conscience, the most useful to the patients. Thousands of patients need the regulation of the medical use of cannabis to improve their quality of life."

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