The Ministry is trying to identify qualified cultivators to cultivate in Florence
The Ministry of Defense has just published an “expression of interest” to identify companies that are able and qualified to grow medical cannabis plants. The call was designed to increase production for domestic use with the aim of achieving self-sufficiency from a medical perspective.
A technical department has been set up to begin this definitive start to call for new tenders for medical cultivation. The direct link can be found here.
Qualifications are broken into four sections – with the first qualification being GMP certification.
- Qualitative selection of candidates
- Technical inspection
- Confirmation of expression of interest
- Invitations to apply (which is restricted)
Both existing farms and freelancers registered with the Chamber of Commerce, or the competent professional associations will be considered, providing that they have the right experience as well as an in-depth understanding of the current legislation. A valid insurance policy of at least 10 million euros will also be required.
The due date is June 27.
The Domestic Security Argument
The Italian decision to increase the domestic production of cannabis (by highly limited tender bid) certainly comes at an interesting time, particularly given pending recreational reform just across the border with Germany. While ostensibly just for domestic consumption, it is unclear if Italy wants to also position itself as a major exporter as other markets come online – particularly those like Luxembourg where for now, the only cannabis cultivation that is going to be allowed in the short term is home grow.
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