Medics and patients hail end of strict drug law
Cannabis 'used to alleviate pain from multiple sclerosis'12 February, 19:47
Among the supporters of legalizing marijuana was Maddalena Migani, 36, who uses cannabis to alleviate pain from multiple sclerosis, and Fabrizio Cinquini, a surgeon sentenced to six years in jail after reporting himself to the police for growing marijuana for therapeutic purposes.
Many doctors and patients had recently posted an online petition via Change.org to legalize cannabis for medical uses that drew in over 85,000 signatures. Cinquini, who began growing cannabis for self-treatment after being infected with hepatitis C while caring for a patient in an ambulance, said that "Italy has finally become a civilized country and stopped filling jails with those sentenced under the Fini-Giovanardi law".