Malta

Sat
26
Aug

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). 

Tue
08
Aug

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.

Wed
19
Jul

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. 

Mon
17
Jul

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.

Wed
10
May

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.

Thu
20
Apr

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. 

Mon
20
Mar

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.

Mon
06
Mar

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. 

Fri
20
Jan

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 SativexŸ, a CBD spray that can be used in patients with multiple sclerosis. SativexŸ is already licensed in the EU, in countries such as Italy, the UK and Ireland. 

Tue
09
Aug

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.

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