TALY’s military, which remains the sole producer of medical cannabis in the country, has halted production at its Florence facility amid a ‘chronic shortage of personnel’.
The stoppage threatens to further disrupt access to medical cannabis for Italy’s estimated 50,000 patients, and pile further pressure on an already severely under-equipped supply chain.
It comes just months after the military announced its ambitions to achieve triple-digit growth in medical cannabis production this year to 700 kg, marking what it described as the first step towards achieving self-sufficiency in Italy.
However, with the expected three-month gap in production, journalist Fabrizio Dentini believes this means the ‘Italian military will not even be able to produce 100 kg during 2023
On April 13, during a public event organised by the Medical Cannabis Patients Association in Bologna, suggestions that medical cannabis production at the facility could be under threat were confirmed.