The City Council of Milan voted in favor of the 'legalization' of cannabis. The decision came at the end of a very heated session between the majority and the right-wing party the League. The motion passed thanks to the votes of the center-left majority and some more progressive parts of center-right parties. Thanks to this, mayor Beppe Sala and his council will take action with the Parliament to support the approval of a law on the legalization of the production and consumption of cannabis and its derivatives.
Legal cannabis: the discussion in Milan municipality
During the discussion in the Chamber, a Councilor of the League, Deborah Giovanati said that "the message of the trivialization of cannabis use must not get through", and asked for all other councilors to take a hair follicle drug test. "If this actually passes, I will light up a joint in front of the city hall and gift you a lock of my hair", replied Daniele Nahum, councilor of the Democratic Party in favor of legalization.
"This is an institutional hall, we do things seriously here," said the councilor of the Green party, Carlo Monguzzi, addressing Giovanati. "Anyone at any time can do a hair follicle drug test, just not here". The liberal side of the right-wing party Forza Italia proved to be in favor of the legalization, yet with some criticism. Forza Italia's leader Alessandro De Chirico voted the motion of the center-left, even if "it is written in a confusing way", given that "talking about recreational and therapeutic cannabis in the same proposal is belittling for those who have to buy products in pharmacies or on the illicit market for their pathologies."