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.


Cannabis Legalization In Malta Looking Like A Sure Thing

Malta, a small island country near Italy has had its Labour Government pressing for cannabis reform for quite a while. Pot remains illegal in the country, however, possession of the plant has been largely decriminalized. Prime Minister Joseph Muscat wants to take that one step further through the “regularization” of recreational cannabis use within the country. He and a growing number of federal agencies are looking to conduct a “national discussion” on legalization.


Growing Cannabis In Malta Could Become Easier If This Proposal Gets Accepted

Growing cannabis in Malta could become easier if the government accepts a proposal being made by a magistrate who handles the bulk of drug cases on the island. 

Magistrate Natasha Sciberras has called for more leniency when it comes to cultivating more than one plant of cannabis if it can be shown that the plants were grown for personal consumption and not with intent to traffic. 

Somebody caught growing more than one cannabis plant in Malta currently faces a mandatory jail term but the magistrate believes the judiciary should have more discretion once it is evident that the cultivation was for personal use. 


This Is Exactly Why Marijuana Needs To Be Legalised In Malta

A father of two has just been jailed for 20 months because he was caught growing his own cannabis... eight years ago. 

Walter Desira said he smoked cannabis to help him sleep because he was being kept away by the prescription medication he was taking for a health condition. After spending some time buying cannabis from a drug dealer in Qormi, Desira decided to grow the plant for himself. 

"The court accepted his statement that he never gave or sold marijuana to anyone else"

Even though he was caught with 14 pots, the court accepted his statement that he never gave or sold marijuana to anyone else. The magistrate dropped the trafficking charges, after agreeing there was no evidence to counter his claims.


Fibromyalgia Patients Make Their Case For Medical Marijuana

No matter how slow politicians are to game, medical marijuana is becoming a thing in Malta – Sativex spray, containing tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD), has already been licensed, and at the end of this month the Minister for Social Dialogue, Consumer Affairs and Civil Liberties Helena Dalli will be discussing whether Bedrocan should be made available in Malta. 


No Applications Submitted Yet For Cannabis-Based Products In Malta

No applications have yet been filed to license any cannabis-based products in Malta, according to the Malta Medicines Authority.

The news comes after the Medicines Authority said it was listening to stakeholders regarding medicinal use of cannabis. The authority also said it was "months" away from recommending approval of Sativex®, a CBD spray that can be used in patients with multiple sclerosis. Sativex® is already licensed in the EU, in countries such as Italy, the UK and Ireland. 


The Situation With Medicinal Cannabis In Europe – A Complete Overview

Medicinal Cannabis Sativex and Bedrocan are now available in many European countries, and several have infrastructure in place to supply patients with medicinal cannabis. So which countries are moving with the times, and which are dragging their heels? Where are medicinal and recreational users most (and least) free to utilize their drug of choice? Let’s take a look at the facts.


New drugs reform law into force today– what has changed?

Reforms to Malta’s drug laws have come into force today. What will change in practice?

Less harsh on simple possession but police still allowed to interrogate

The police will prosecute people caught with small quantities of drugs (defined as a maximum of 3.5g of cannabis, 2g of other drugs, two pills of ecstacy). Such users will be subjected to fines ranging between €65 and €125, or between €50 and €100 in the case of cannabis. However, they will not appear in court but rather before a newly-appointed Justice Commissioner, Sedqa social worker Victoria Scicluna.


Daniel Holmes to file human rights case against Malta

Nearly nine years after Daniel Holmes was arrested in his Gozo apartment following a cannabis find, his tumultuous and infamous battle with the Maltese courts is set for another round as the Welshman is now expected to file a case against Malta in the European Court of Human Rights.

The case, which is currently in the process of being filed by Holmes’s defence counsel, will, amongst others, attack Malta’s “archaic and unconstitutional” drug laws, the Attorney General’s discretion, the disparity in sentencing, as well as the court’s lengthy proceedings.


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