Italian army grows marijuana – level 2

20-10-2014 07:00

Italy legalised marijuana for medicinal purposes last year. Doctors already can prescribe cannabis to relieve pain, nausea and other illnesses, but it does not interest very many people.

This is mainly because of the stigma marijuana has in Catholic Italy. It is also not very cheap. It costs 38 euros. However, this is going to change. Italy is going to use its army to produce the drug at lower costs. Marijuana is going to cost half the money that it costs now.

Difficult words: cannabis (a scientific name for marijuana), nausea (a feeling of sickness), stigma (loss of respect).

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