Cannabis smokers will register with State under proposed reform

Will 2019 bring with it a shift in the way Malta thinks about cannabis?
Malta Today (Malta)
Thursday, January 10, 2019

Cannabis smokers in Malta will be asked to register with the government once a reform of the country's cannabis rules is implemented. “Government will be insisting on some principles, including a minimum legal age of 21, absolute prohibition [to smoke] in public places, as well as a user registration platform that protects users from criminal action and which controls dispensing,” Julia Farrugia Portelli, the parliamentary secretary piloting the reform said. She stressed that any amendments would be implemented following a public consultation, explaining that the government intended to adopt a harm reduction approach when dealing with the drug. Malta will not have any coffee shops or cannabis clubs. (See also: Harsh sentence for cannabis cultivation reopens case for decriminalisation)