Growing up in the Philippines where Marijuana is classified as an illegal drug, I have never seen one nor touched one. And I just could not believe that my first encounter with the plant would be in Rome… the centre of the Catholic world, the home of the Pope; the spiritual head of the Catholic Church!
It was one beautiful afternoon in the neighbourhood of Trastevere and I was walking down a side street when I saw a green sign in the shape of a cannabis leaf. Out of curiosity I went in the shop and to my surprise the store was stocked with fully-grown plants in the windows and all sort of Cannabis goodies! Marijuana mixed in cakes, lollipops, popcorns, cookies, chips and even used to brew tea!
I spoke to Dr. Weed himself and asked him…
Is weed legal in Italy? He answered, Cannabis is still illegal in the country and you can get arrested if a police officer catches you smoking pot in the streets. The products sold in the store are only “collector’s items”, legal to sell and legal to be smoked in private!
Will I get high (not that I know what that feels) after few puffs? He answered, the level of tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, the compound that makes people high in our goods is under .2% and this is the legal one. This stuff doesn’t get you stoned! (wink wink)
What to expect when you smoke weed for the first time? He answered, if you’re not a smoker, expect to be coughing a lot. You might initially feel dizzy but later on you suddenly love and adore everyone around you! (nudge-nudge)
Can I buy some and bring it back to Australia as a souvenir from Rome? He answered, “Darling save yourself from any drama, it’s not worth the trouble. It’s really complicated here!”
Can Rome be the next Amsterdam? He answered, Though light and medical marijuana are sold legally, the country is far off from legalizing recreational cannabis! So the answer to your question is a big fat NO!
I did more digging in the shop and found shampoos, conditioners, shower gels, hand creams, lip balms including pasta and pasta sauces! I was so shooooooooooookt!
During my visit in Rome, I found these “specialty shops” in every trendy and touristic area. Dr. Weed is just one of them! They were popping like mushrooms everywhere. The small jars of cannabis flowers and edibles were flying off the shelves so fast…
To be honest with you guys, I wanted to smoke pot for the first time as I have always been curious about its’ effects and why is the world crazy mad for it! But the little girl inside me said “Stop, it’s dangerous…Mum & Dad will get angry!” I didn’t give in…
What’s your stand about cannabis? Would you want for it to be legal in your own locality? Do you think its medical benefits will outweigh its tendency to be abused? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!
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Love from Rome,
The Travel Belle
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