• Opposition delays cannabis reform until December 14

    PN requests vote by division, prompting week-long delay
    Times of Malta (Malta)
    Tuesday, December 7, 2021

    malta cannabis flagA controversial new law on cannabis use will have to wait another week to be approved in parliament, after the opposition requested that MPs be called to vote individually on the matter. The proposed reform was set for its third and final reading in the House, which would normally be followed by a vote. However, while the government MPs said they were voting in favour, the opposition requested what is known as a division. Church organisations, NGOs and lobby groups opposed to easing cannabis laws filed a petition to parliament, in a last-ditch attempt to stop a reform bill from becoming law in its current form. (See also: Cannabis reform: Why the law should be changed - Owen Bonnici | NGOs slammed for lobbying to remove education references from cannabis law)

  • After Malta, Germany set to make pot mainstream

    Malta risked isolation in Europe by ‘legalising’ home growing and the sale of cannabis from no-profit clubs but with Germany set to embark on a similar path, the wave could become unstoppable
    Malta Today (Malta)
    Thursday, December 2, 2021

    europe cannabisThe European Union is currently a hotchpotch of different approaches to cannabis use, ranging from complete prohibition to different levels of decriminalisation and tolerance. Even in liberal enclaves like Barcelona and Amsterdam, the sale of cannabis from licensed clubs or outlets, is only allowed on murky legal grounds. But legalisation remains a rarity, with only Luxembourg preceding Malta in plans to legalise home-growing of a limited number of plants. But that is about to change as Germany, the EU’s economic powerhouse and most populous and influential country, is set to embark on legalisation, which could well have an impact across the continent.

  • Cannabis reform is one vote away from becoming law

    Opposition MPs raise a number of concerns on cannabis reform in committee stage but do not put forward substantial amendments
    Malta Today (Malta)
    Tuesday, November 30, 2021

    malta cannabis flagThe cannabis reform bill in Malta is one step away from being passed in parliament after it cleared committee stage. In a four-hour-long sitting MPs discussed the individual clauses and approved minor changes to the Bill that will allow people to possess up to 7g of cannabis, grow the plant at home and buy from regulated clubs. However, despite being against the reform, the Opposition MPs on the committee did not put forward any substantial amendments. The Bill now has to pass the Third Reading in parliament, which is a mere formality given government’s majority, before being signed into law by the President. (See also: Catholic and social work organisations call for free vote on cannabis law | MUMN wants President to veto cannabis reform)

  • Supervised injection sites for drug users to open in New York City

    The Manhattan facilities will provide clean needles, administer medication to reverse overdoses and provide users with options for addiction treatment
    The New York Times (US)
    Tuesday, November 30, 2021

    dcr nycIn an attempt to curb a surge in overdose deaths caused by increasingly potent street drugs, New York City will authorize two supervised injection sites in Manhattan to begin operating. Trained staff at two sites — in the neighborhoods of East Harlem and Washington Heights — will provide clean needles, administer naloxone to reverse overdoses and provide users with options for addiction treatment, city health officials said. Users will bring their own drugs. New York, the country’s most populous city, will become the first U.S. city to open officially authorized injection sites — facilities that opponents view as magnets for drug abuse but proponents praise as providing a less punitive and more effective approach to addressing addiction.

  • From prohibition to trailblazing: A brief history of modern cannabis activism In Malta

    As it stands, unless Luxembourg or Germany beat Malta to it, this tiny little Mediterranean island may be the first European nation to fully regulate cannabis
    Lovin Malta (Malta)
    Saturday, November 27, 2021

    malta reform nowIt is ironic, but if Malta does end up legalising recreational cannabis, one quiet man from Wales may be the one to thank for it. Prior to 2011, there were passionate activists fighting for better cannabis laws on the island – but I, like many others of my generation, only got involved in organising and lobbying for legalisation after the brutal imprisonment of Daniel Holmes in Malta. After his story sent shockwaves throughout the cannabis community, making many of us believe the island was moving towards an ultra-conservative USA-style police state where people could face serious jail time for growing plants at home, a number of people began organising.

  • Drug checking to be permanent after law passes third reading

    Drug-checking services have been given the all-clear to keep testing the safety of illicit substances at festivals and other locations over summer
    RNZ (New Zealand)
    Wednesday, November 24, 2021

    drug checkingLegislation confirming that such services can permanently continue, and expand, passed its third reading - replacing a temporary law that was set to expire at the end of the year. Health Minister Andrew Little said evidence showed pill-testing kept people safe, intercepting potentially dangerous substances before being consumed. The Drug Foundation, Needle Exchange and Institute of Environmental Science and Research have all been approved to carry out the testing. The government also announced a month ago it would contribute $800,000 towards national co-ordination of services, training of drug-checkers and providing information about drug harms. (See also: Drug-checking beyond festivals: Andrew Little wants support for the homeless; potential for medicinal cannabis)

  • Germany's next government aims to legalise recreational cannabis

    The German example could inspire other European countries
    Reuters (UK)
    Wednesday, November 24, 2021

    cannabis germany2Germany could become the first European country to legalise cannabis and authorise its sale for recreational purposes, according to a coalition agreement for a new government struck by three parties. Many European countries, including Germany, have legalised cannabis for limited medicinal purposes. Others have decriminalised its general use, while stopping stopping short of making it legal. The centre-left Social Democrats (SPD), Green and libertarian Free Democrats (FDP) agreed to introduce legislation during their four-year term to create the controlled distribution of weed in licensed shops. "We would evaluate the (weed) law after four years for social impact," the pact read. (See also: ‘Controlled distribution’: How Germany will legalise recreational cannabis)

  • Getting closer! Final stage before Malta’s cannabis reform becomes law to start next week

    “We have no intention of shelving this bill or reducing the rhythm and we’ll stick with the same pace”
    Lovin Malta (Malta)
    Tuesday, November 23, 2021

    malta reform nowIt’s looking ever more likely that Malta will pass a landmark cannabis reform bill into law. The bill passed its second reading (the debate stage) in Parliament, with all government MPs voting in favour and all opposition MPs voting against. It will now move on to the final stage – the Consideration of Bills Committee, where MPs will discuss the finer details of the proposed law. And while bills can remain stuck at this stage for months, that isn’t the government’s intention with the cannabis reform. Reforms Minister Owen Bonnici said that the plan is for this debate to start next week, ideally on Monday. After it gets through the committee stage, the minister said he will present it for its third reading without delay, after which it will officially become law.

  • ‘We will give up ganja cultivation if MSP is guaranteed for agriculture produce,’ say Odisha villagers

    Villagers hit the street in wake of massive crackdown launched by Malkangiri police
    The Hindu (India)
    Tuesday, November 23, 2021

    india odisha farmers protestDespite knowing that they could be penalised under provisions of the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985, for growing cannabis, villagers came out in the open to put conditions that they would stop cultivating the illicit crop if all Government welfare programmes were implemented in their locality. About 10,000 residents of 35 villages of Ralegada gram panchayats assembled at Dhuliput to put forth their 19-point demand. “We are not getting actual price for our agricultural produce. Most of the villagers of Ralegada and other neighbouring gram panchayats depend on cannabis cultivation. The money earned from cannabis cultivation helps us send our wards to distant places for education.” (See also: Ganja confiscation leads to overcrowding in Odisha jails)

  • Burt: Bermuda has ‘no intention’ of tailoring laws to fit UK cannabis conventions

    The legislation does not conform to the UK international obligations under the Single Convention on Narcotics Drugs of 1961
    The Royal Gazette (Bermuda)
    Monday, November 22, 2021

    bermuda cannabis reformBermuda’s Government had “no intention” of tailoring its laws licensing cannabis production to fit with the UK’s conventions allowing the drug for medicinal use only. David Burt, the Premier, reiterated that legislation for legal cannabis in Bermuda is set to go before the legislature in the current session of Parliament. The statement came after the Premier’s return from the Joint Ministerial Council in London between the UK Government and elected heads of the Overseas Territories' A question mark hung over the cannabis legislation, passed by the House of Assembly but turned back by the Senate in the last parliamentary session, as to whether it would receive Royal Assent. (See also: A way out of trouble on cannabis reform)

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