Malta: Advocates emphasise positive effects of cannabis reform amid ‘normalisation’ concerns

August 1, 2023 by Sarah Sinclair, Cannabis Health

The roll-out of cannabis reform in Malta is said to have brought a ‘significant transformation’ in the health and wellbeing of consumers, despite some concerns from opposition groups that cannabis is becoming ‘normalised’.

In December 2021, Malta became the first country in Europe to give the green light to cannabis for recreational use. Under the Cannabis Reform Act, consumers are now permitted to carry up to 7g of cannabis in public and grow four plants at home, without risk of prosecution. 

As part of its roadmap to reform, Malta opted to implement a social club model as opposed to establishing a commercial market, with consumers required to purchase cannabis through non-profit associations. 

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