Malta: Equality Minister Owen Bonnici announces draft Bill for private cannabis use

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Under proposed cannabis legalisation, non-profit associations can grow cannabis to distribute among their members, Equality Minister Owen Bonnici said. The minister also said that people would be allowed to grow up to four cannabis plants at one residence. Bonnici made the announcement on Wednesday morning during a press conference. He insisted that the reforms were not to “incentivise cannabis culture or cannabis consumption” but to reduce the harm of drug rings. “We want to reduce the suffering, humiliation and deprivation of other rights that many cannabis users have experienced when they have been subjected to arrest and judicial proceedings on possession of small amounts,” Bonnici said. The regulation of cannabis clubs plugs a gap in the original proposal floated by the government earlier this year. Equality Minister Owen Bonnici A White Paper on Strengthening the Legal Framework on the Responsible Use of Cannabis was launched on 30 March 2021. 1. Possession  A person aged over 18 can have up to 7 grams in their possession. Under the new legal framework, this will not be considered an offence; additionally, a person in possession of cannabis within this limit will not be arrested or have the said cannabis confiscated unless there is reasonable suspicion of trafficking. If a person under the age of 18 is found in possession of up to 7 grams of cannabis they will be summoned to court so that a recommended care plan can be put into place. Under the legal framework, up to four cannabis plants are allowed per residence regardless of how many people live on the property. They must not be visible from other residences. Consumption of cannabis in public unless authorised for medical purposes is illegal, and the person is subject to a €235 fine. Likewise, cannabis use in front of minors unauthorised, whether in public…

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