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Malta cannabis bill approved, first in Europe

Malta cannabis bill approved, first in Europe

Today, the Maltese parliament approved a cannabis law, that allows users to carry, buy and grow amounts of the drug, making Malta the first European country to introduce laws to regulate recreational cannabis use.

In a historic first for the country, as well as the European Union, the vote was carried with 36 in favour and 27 against.

What are the rules?

Let’s cover the basics. The ground-breaking law will allow the possession of up to 7g of cannabis in public, without fear of being arrested. Smoking it in public, however, remains prohibited. In fact, anyone consuming the drug in public will appear before a justice commissioner and can be fined up to €235. Smoking in front of a minor? That fine increases to a maximum of €500.

The bill also allows for the growing of four plants at home and the purchasing of buds and seeds for personal use. The plant limit applies per household and not per person and the plants must not be visible, which means no cannabis plants should be on terraces or balconies!

In addition, anyone with a criminal record for cannabis possession is permitted to apply, to have it completely struck off. With regards to selling, the law provides for regulated clubs, where up to 7g per day and 50g of cannabis per month can be sold to registered members. Such members will also be able to buy up to 20 seeds from associations that they are a part of.  It’s worth noting that the rules apply to all those aged 18 and over. 

The bill may come as a surprise to you but you may have heard that a bill allowing for medical cannabis to be used was passed on its regulation back in 2018.

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