Caritas director is dead-set against legalising cannabis

The bad of cannabis “definitely outweighs the good”, the director of Caritas has said, ahead of the expected national debate on whether the drug should be legalised.

Leonid McKay, who heads the country’s leading NGO for drug rehabilitation, is in favour of a debate on the subject taking place but says it must be a balanced one.

The Labour Party had pledged to kick-start a national discussion on the subject in its pre-electoral manifesto, while the Nationalist Party has called for debate grounded in scientific evidence. Prime Minister Joseph Muscat personally leans towards the legalisation of “recreational marijuana” because it would take it out of the hands of traffickers.

 The term ‘recreational use’ is used too loosely and does not reflect reality.
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