Italian regulators have reminded pharmacies in Italy they are barred from shipping medical cannabis preparations to customers. The regulator’s remarks are based on a 30-year-old law and are a major departure from how patients have accessed the medicine for years in the southern European country. Business and patient groups warn that a government crackdown on such shipments could turn back the clock on the nation’s burgeoning medical cannabis industry. A significant portion of the cannabis dispensed by pharmacies is thought to be shipped to patients – as opposed to in-store purchases. The government signaled its intention to enforce the law in a recent document from the Medical Devices and Pharmaceutical Service of the Italian Ministry of Health. Restrictive regulations governing how patients can legally access medical marijuana is one of the biggest challenges facing international medical markets.
Marijuana Business Daily, 10/23/2020 11:26:15