Army to grow medical marijuana

The Italian army is aiming high with plans to cultivate medical marijuana.

The spiky-leafed plants - more associated with peace-loving hippies than crew-cut soldiers - will be grown and treated at a military pharmaceutical plant in Florence.

"The aim is to produce medicine for extremely serious pathologies, such as multiple sclerosis, or for pain relief," says Health Minister Beatrice Lorenzin.

"The project has no ideological or cultural value. It's just in the interest of the sick."

The project should produce around 100kg of