Canadian corporation officially buys the first cannabis laboratory in Malta

Nuuvera has bought the first private laboratory in Malta. This laboratory will offer services related to the medical cannabis and pharmaceutical industry, but it will not be growing the plant in Malta. 


Malta is finally getting serious about it's Medical Marijuana industry

If you had asked any Maltese cannabis user if they expected a change in the national weed laws four years ago, you would have been laughed out of the building, most probably in a cloud of smoke.

But in the space of a few years, the Maltese government has changed track and is headed straight for Greenville - and 2018 is when the scene on the ground will actually change.

With (very) tentative plans for a restricted and regulated commercial market in the pipeline and the legislation of a medical marijuana industry all but written into law, here are some of the major changes happening to Malta's cannabis industry.

1. The medical marijuana bill just passed its second reading


The "How To" of manufacturing Medical Marijuana in Malta

If you've always dreamt of having a factory producing medical marijuana in Malta, then rejoice: legislation providing for the production of cannabis for medicinal use has finally been published. 

Following on the government's pledges to reform cannabis in Malta, this is among the first legal steps towards reforming cannabis laws in Malta. 

The bill, which deals strictly with medicinal cannabis, lays out the government's idea of regulating the manufacturing of medicinal cannabis. 

The bill does not address some important points, such as specific trade rules, or how the companies can go about buying and selling the product, among other things. 


Bermuda joins few Caribbean islands to decriminalize marijuana

Bermuda has passed a bill decriminalizing the possession of cannabis after years of lobbying by advocates of the psychoactive drug which is used for both medicinal and recreational purposes.

The island nation’s Misuse of Drugs [Decriminalization of Cannabis] Amendment Act 2017 removes criminal prosecution for the possession of not more than 7 grams of cannabis.

The decriminalization of marijuana does not mean it is legal and can be used without any queries.

According to the Act, prosecutors are permitted to lay charges for any amount of the drug if there is evidence of potential trafficking. The police have also been authorized to seize any cannabis regardless of the amount.


Access to cannabis-derived medicines to be made easier

The Drug Dependency Act, introduced in 2015  brought about the idea of treatment rather than imprisonment for those caught with small quantities of prohibited drugs for personal use. The same law also spoke of the medicinal use of cannabis

All doctors may soon be able to prescribe medicine derived from cannabis as government plans to present the legal changes to Parliament in the coming days.

The Bill to amend the Drug Dependency Act will make it possible for general practitioners to prescribe the medicine, a government spokesperson said.

The proposal amends Article 10 of the Drug Dependency Act that limits the ability to prescribe cannabis medicine to specialist doctors.


Government takes first real step towards legalising cannabis in Malta

Malta's cabinet has approved a law that allows the use of medicinal cannabis products in Malta, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat announced at a meeting in Santa Venera.

This approved law will now go to Parliament to be debated by both sides of the house.

A major change that this approved law proposes is that all doctors will be able to prescribe medicinal cannabis to their patients. As the law stands currently, only specialists can prescribe medicinal cannabis, and in reality, very few people have been able to successfully have it prescribed in Malta, making medicinal cannabis legal in theory but inaccessible in practice.


Medical marijuana is about to become more accessible in Malta

Malta’s law regulating medical marijuana is about to become less restricted, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat has announced. 

“Cabinet will start discussing changes to the law regulating medical marijuana in November,” Muscat told a media briefing yesterday. “It is only when we update the law on medical marijuana that we’ll start discussing possible legalisation for personal use.”

Medical marijuana was first regulated in the drug reform of 2015 but, with so many restrictions on its prescription, not a single Maltese patient has yet been treated with it.

Prime Minister Joseph Muscat has pledged looser laws regulating medical marijuana


Liberal Maltese doctor starts free cannabis classes

A Maltese family doctor campaigning for looser medical marijuana laws will start offering free cannabis classes to the public as of next Friday. 

Andrew Agius’ aim is to educate the public on the facts of both medical and recreational marijuana by presenting evidence-based studies and testimonials from medical professionals. 

The course is called ‘Kannatalim’, a merge of the Maltese words kannabis (cannabis) and taghlim (education). 


Malta Legalises Synthetic Cannabis Oil, But Natural Version Still Banned

They've also announced the cost of the regular and strong versions.

The Medicines Authority has licensed a synthetic form of a hemp-based oil used to treat chronic pain, but has continued to block its natural version. 

Andrew Agius, a family doctor who runs the Pain Clinic in Paola, was informed by the Medicines Authority yesterday that it had agreed to license a synthetic form of CBD oil - a herbal remedy containing cannabidiol (CBD), one of two main active ingredients derived from cannabis.

Yet patients can only obtain this synthetic oil legally from the Lantern Pharmacy in Santa Venera and must first be prescribed it by a specific oncologist - namely Nick Refalo, a failed PN candidate in the last general election.


Thousands in Malta suffering over extreme restrictions on medical cannabis, says family doctor

he 2015 reform of Malta’s drug laws saw medical cannabis partially legalised as a last resort for chronic pain sufferers. However, two years down the line, not a single patient has yet been treated with medical cannabis because the only form of it which can be prescribed – the mouth spray Sativex – cannot be found on the Maltese market.

Meanwhile, a doctor who had started treating his patients with a hemp-based oil has now been banned from doing so.

Andrew Agius, a family doctor who runs the Pain Clinic in Paola, told MaltaToday of his frustration at the authorities’ lethargy in updating the law and at the reluctance of other doctors to join his cause. 


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