Malta: paving the way for cannabis research and development

Talking about the wider landscape of medicinal cannabis research and development in Malta, John Charles Ellul explains more.

John Charles Ellul serves as Advisor to the office of the Prime Minister in Malta. Attending the MJBiz European Cannabis Symposium in May, he emphasised the importance of the medicinal cannabis market to the island, along with the cannabis research and development.


Let’s talk Malta: open for investment in medical cannabis

Malta is looking to attract foreign investment in its nascent medical cannabis industry, as Chris Cardona and Mario Galea told audiences at the 2018 Medical Cannabis World Forum.


Malta: Gana aims to combine artificial intelligence and blockchain technology to transform the medical cannabis industry

GANA AI will be capable of clustering similar groups of mobile app users to verify a statistical hypothesis. Research data will also be acquired by GANA from surveys, labs, communities, and academic sources and inputted into the GANA AI. Data will be hashed and posted to the Ethereum blockchain for assurance of data integrity.

Hashed data also allows for the tracking and identification of corrupted or malicious data, allowing for transparent, third-party auditing of GANA AI's network performance and accuracy.


Medical cannabis will be in Maltese pharmacies "within a week"

The first batch of medical cannabis could be in Malta "within a week" after Aurora announced it has begun shipping two strains of medical cannabis to Malta - Pedanios 22/1, and Pedanios 20/1. They began shipping the products yesterday.


These are the top 4 marijuana stocks with international expansion plans

As cannabis legalization spreads across the North American continent, industry insiders and pot stock investors alike look to diversify their portfolios in the global marijuana trade. With Canada on track to become the first G7 nation to legalize both recreational and medical cannabis nationally, overcrowding in the market is becoming an issue for stakeholders on all sides. It’s the reason why cannabis companies are starting to look for more opportunities internationally. These are the top four marijuana stocks with international expansion plans:


Malta's first cannabis control card has been issued - But there's a catch

The first batch of cannabis control cards have been issued in Malta, taking patients one step closer to accessing their prescribed medicine. 

However, the first man in Malta to get the control card has already become exasperated with the process after being told the control card is just the first stop in a long process to get his medicine.

"They're making it even harder than it is," says Aaron Pavia, who suffers from chronic pain after a motorcycle crash years back.

"It's taking longer than expected, loads of time being wasted to get the medicine, and it will take me another month or two before I get anything."


'It is a blessing in disguise': Struggling farmers in Malta are selling land to cannabis growers

The farming industry has been in steady decline over recent years in Malta, but marijuana could offer a way for struggling farmers to start over, wriets Calvin Hughes.


CBD oil and cannabis flowers will be available in Malta sooner than you think

Malta cemented its position as a prime mover in the medical cannabis market by legalising medical cannabis recently amid moves to create a formidable industry on the island. 

Now, the first pharmaceutical agents interested in importing medical cannabis are preparing for the imminent arrival of the first batch of legal medicinal cannabis. 

In the last couple of weeks, Maltese patients looking for the medicine have came across one problem: medicinal cannabis wasn't yet available on pharmacy shelves.


Australian Pharma company announces plans to build cannabis facility in Malta

Australian pharmaceutical company MGC Pharma has announced plans to construct a 4,000 metre-squared state-of-the-art medical cannabis production and cultivation facility in Malta. 

In the wake of a new law regulating medical cannabis, Malta Enterprise selected five foreign companies by tender to start producing the drug in Malta.  

Canadian giant Nuuvera had already confirmed it will be setting up a branch in Malta and now MGC Pharma has done likewise. 


Medical cannabis has officially been legalized in Malta

Malta has officially legalised medicinal cannabis, joining a growing number of European countries recognising the therapeutic benefits of the plant. The amendments to the Drug Dependence Act (Treatment not Imprisonment) were enacted on 23rd March by Maltese parliament after its third and final reading.

The bill, amongst other things, allows family doctors to prescribe medical cannabis to patients. Patients will be able to access non-smoking forms of medicine at pharmacies with a doctor's prescription after a control card has been approved by the Superintendent of Public Health.


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