Italian activists turn in more than half a million signatures for marijuana and psilocybin referendum

If the courts allow the referendum to move forward, voters are expected to be given the chance to decide on the policy change sometime between April 15 and June 15
Marijuana Moment (US)
Thursday, October 28, 2021

italy cannabis2Italian activists formally turned in about 630,000 signatures for a referendum to legalize the personal cultivation of marijuana and other psychoactive plants and fungi like psilocybin mushrooms. The referendum question was first filed in September, and the reform campaign has now submitted more than half a million signatures that they hope will qualify the measure to go before the nation’s voters in early 2022. Part of the reason activists were able to gather that volume of signatures so quickly is a policy change that allowed them to collect signatures online instead of in person only. The Supreme Court of Cassation, the body will have 30 days to ensure that they are valid. Then the Constitutional Court will will determine whether the referendum is legal and can proceed.