STEVE SCHERER, REUTERS
Marijuana plants are pictured in Los Angeles, Calif., in this July 11, 2014 file photo. (REUTERS/David McNew/Files)
ROVIGO, Italy – Italy legalized marijuana for medical use last year, but the high cost of buying legal pot in a pharmacy meant few people signed up. Now, the government has found a solution: get the army to grow it.
Starting next year, a high-security lab in a military compound in Florence will grow cannabis for Italy’s health care system in an experiment the government says could bring safe, legal and affordable marijuana to suffering patients.