Italian cannabis growers ‘inspired’ by British film

A 75-year-old ex-truck driver and his fortune teller wife, 48, told police they were inspired by the British comedy film, Saving Grace, after they were caught growing cannabis in a rented warehouse.

Italian cannabis growers 'inspired' by British film
The Bergamo couple grew cannabis in a rented warehouse. Photo: Martin Vincent

When a well-respected middle-aged woman living in a quaint English town in the film Saving Grace learns of the huge debt left behind by her late husband, she starts growing cannabis in her greenhouse, sells it in London, and reverses her fortunes.

This is what a couple from the northern Italian city of Bergamo hoped to achieve when they started to produce the drug, La Stampa reported.

Or at least that was their explanation after 205 cannabis plants, each at around 1.5 metres high, were found in a specially-equipped “grow room” set up in a rented warehouse in Bergamasco, a town in Piedmont.

Upon their arrest, police also stumbled across 200 grams of ready-to-sell cannabis along with a further 5.5 kilos at their home in Bergamo. They also found 486 recently sprouted plants, ready for cultivation.

Saving Grace, released in 2000, won several film awards while leading actress Brenda Blethyn was nominated for a Golden Globe. 

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