• Ryan Calleja Urry

A Quick Timeline Of Weed Laws In Malta Following Possible Legalisation Comments By Robert Abela 👀

Recreational Marijuana, Coming Soon? ⏳

Following a recent interview, Robert Abela has sparked cannabis users' interest once again following his comments on further removing penalties surrounding the substance...

In light of this potentially positive news, here's a quick timeline of weed laws in Malta through throughout the years 👇

Pre-2015 🚫

Simple possession, if tried in the Court of Magistrates, is liable to between 3 and 12 months imprisonment and/or a fine of between €470 and €2,350.

If it was tried in the Criminal Court, the sentence range is 1 to 10 years in prison and a fine in the range of €470 - €23,500.

Cultivation of cannabis plants is punishable by a mandatory prison sentence.

March 2015 🌱

The police can prosecute people caught with small quantities of drugs (defined as a maximum of 3.5 grams). These users will be fined between €50 & €100 - they will not be required to appear in court though.

Police are able to detain people caught with these small quantities of drugs for up to 48 hours, so as to get more information surrounding possible drug trafficking.

Cultivation of a cannabis plant for personal use is no longer punishable by a mandatory prison sentence or suspended sentence.

February 2018 🌿

Malta officially legalises medical cannabis, allowing family doctors to prescribe it to patients, who will be able to access non-smokable forms of the medicine at pharmacies.

Patients will require doctor's prescriptions, as well as a dedicated cannabis control card, which needs to be approved by the Superintendent of Public Health.

So far, three conditions are eligible to be treated by medicinal cannabis: chronic pain, spasticity in multiple sclerosis and side effects of chemotherapy.

Malta Enterprise approves 5 projects related to the production of medical cannabis, with a total investment of €30 million - which will create 185 new jobs.

April 2020 🌴

The Maltese government sends out a video message for the first time ever in support of Malta’s 40,000+ cannabis users.

January 2021 🌲

Just this past week, PM Robert Abela appeared on TVM to discuss a variety of topics. One topic he touched on was how he'd like recreational cannabis laws to be relaxed...

Such a positive message towards this topic from the leader of our country indicates that the full legalisation of cannabis in Malta could be right around the corner.

Wiz Khalifa Visiting Soon? 🤔

Weed laws have long been a hot topic in Malta. Now, with the surge in global interest surrounding its medicinal use, as well as the fact that making it recreationally legal could give our economy a huge boost - we may see a few smoke clouds coming soon 👀

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