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Enrico Fletzer

Born in Venice, Enrico Fletzer began work as a journalist in the free radio movement and has gone on to write for newspapers and magazines in Europe and North America. He has translated books and films on cannabis and has participated in research in Bologna, Europe's former hemp capital, that led to the Italian Army's cannabis program. He is a member of the Steering Committee of Encod, the European Coalition for Just and Effective Drug Policies.

Most popular articles

After 60 Years of Prohibition, Hemp in Greece is Making a Comeback

Some in Greece see the country's newly legal hemp industry as a driver for economic prosperity.

Enrico Fletzer - August 1, 2016

A Visit to ‘Leaves of Grass’ Cannabis Lounge in Bologna, Italy

The space is a lot of things: a restaurant, bar, beer garden, video bar, bookshop, and deli. It's also a sign of the changing times.

Enrico Fletzer - September 19, 2016

With ‘Calabrian Wave,’ Legendary Red Cannabis Returns to Italy

Thanks to local breeders, Italy's reviving an unusual line of landrace strains: They're red.

Enrico Fletzer - July 6, 2016

Where to Find Cannabis When You’re High in the Italian Alps

For the past nine months, Cannabis Social Club Bolzano has been operating at a legal and cultural crossroads.

Enrico Fletzer - July 1, 2016

Is Legalization Coming to Naples, Home of Mafia-Controlled Cannabis?

An anti-Mafia group last year proclaimed the utter failure of prohibition and urged the government to start regulating cannabis. Now a new organization is racing toward that goal.

Enrico Fletzer - June 21, 2016

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Italian Cannabis Reform in Question Following Prime Minister’s Resignation

Last month's constitutional reform vote has thrown into question the fate of a cannabis legalization bill being considered by the country’s parliament.

Enrico Fletzer - January 2, 2017

Saracinesco, a Tiny Hemp Capital off Italy’s Beaten Path

Almost a thousand years after pirates arrived, Saracen Mountain has become a sort of Mecca for cannabis and hemp lovers from all over Italy.

Enrico Fletzer - December 8, 2016

First Vape Lounge for Cannabis Patients Opens in Rome

Canapa Caffé's founders want to give Rome's cannabis patients a place to consume besides their homes. The only problem: It's still illegal.

Enrico Fletzer - November 29, 2016

Despite Obstacles, Italian Cannabis Supporters Optimistic on Legalization

Italian lawmakers are considering whether to ease restrictions on cannabis and greenlight cannabis social clubs.

Enrico Fletzer - November 14, 2016

Cannabis Under the Volcano: A Visit to the Naples Hemp Fair

Buoyed by a supportive Naples mayor and a thriving hemp community, Canna in Mostra is helping to change the cannabis conversation.

Enrico Fletzer - October 26, 2016

Italy’s New Medical Cannabis Bill Aims to Address Old Obstacles

With lawmakers set to debate adult-use legalization later this year, a group of Democratic Party members has introduced an updated medical bill.

Enrico Fletzer - October 20, 2016

Cannabis R&D in Italy Is Building Momentum

With cannabis returning to the mainstream, Italy is stepping up research and development, in large part to serve the its fledgling medical cannabis program.

Enrico Fletzer - September 29, 2016

A Visit to ‘Leaves of Grass’ Cannabis Lounge in Bologna, Italy

The space is a lot of things: a restaurant, bar, beer garden, video bar, bookshop, and deli. It's also a sign of the changing times.

Enrico Fletzer - September 19, 2016

Survey Reveals How Italians Combine Cannabis and Sex

Scientists in Italy have started a research project to survey how people use both legal and illegal drugs to enhance sexual experiences.

Enrico Fletzer - September 17, 2016

Italian Law Enforcement Join Push for Cannabis Legalization

The bill, which would create Europe’s first fully legal adult-use cannabis market, is set for debate in Italy's parliament later this month.

Enrico Fletzer - September 7, 2016