'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.


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.


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