On Tuesday afternoon, the ballot will vote on legalizing the cultivation and sale of cannabis.
This Tuesday, December 14, Malta will legalize the cultivation of small amounts of cannabis at home. It will also allow for recreational use in private areas. This is a first in Europe. Although several EU countries have made it illegal to possess or consume private marijuana in the last two decades, laws are not always clear and this practice is often tolerated.
The Malta reform allows the possession and cultivation of up to seven grams of cannabis for each user. The user could be fined 100 euros for possession of more than seven grams and 28 grams. Consumption in the public, which is punishable with a penalty of 235 euros, or consumption in front minors, which is punishable by a maximum fine of 300-500 euros are also prohibited. The text provides for the formation and operation of non-profit associations that permit the sale and production to cannabis to its members. There is a limit of 500 per structure.
Robert Abela, Labor Prime Minister, urged MPs of his party to vote. “We are legislating in response to a problem. Following a risk reduction approach (linked cannabis use), we regulate the sector so people don’t have to resort the the black market.”He pleaded before parliament last month.
He said he wanted to be kind to his parents “Trauma”Their children would be required to appear in court if they smoked a joint. “Drug trafficking remains illegal.”He stressed that.
After a period of waltz-hesitation, the Nationalist Party spoke out against the reform, believing it was necessary. “Normalize and Increase Drug Use”In the country. A new public body, the Authority on the Responsible Use of Cannabis, will oversee the implementation and compliance.
Malta is a country that has been traditionally conservative on social issues. In 2015, Malta decriminalized possession of small amounts cannabis. It adopted a legal framework to allow for production.
Others European countries are also planning to follow their lead. Luxembourg announced in October last year that it will allow home cultivation and private use of marijuana.
Just before the start of their term, the new German government declared at the end December that it wanted to legalize marijuana and allow it to legally be sold. “Approved stores”.
Since 1976, the Netherlands has tolerated possession, consumption, and retailing up to five grams of cannabis. « coffee shops ». Spain allows production for personal consumption, but not trade or public consumption.