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Owen Bonnici Tables First Reading On Proposed Cannabis Reform In Malta

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Minister for Reforms Owen Bonnici has presented the first reading of the cannabis reform which will be proposed by the Government.

Bonnici announced the news on Twitter, saying that the bill “will establish a new legal framework governing responsible use of cannabis.”

“This important reform will keep showing the Government’s unwavering and determined commitment to continue to be at the forefront of progressive change,” he wrote. 

The bill has not yet been published, but it stands as an upshot of the white paper that was published last March.

The White Paper is mainly proposing the decriminalisation for those in possession of under seven grams or less for personal use, and that proceedings be seen before the Commissioner of Justice rather than the criminal court.

The reform also proposes the allowed cultivation of up to four plants of cannabis per household.

The Prime Minister had also promised that it will include a legal course of procurement, but it has not been clarified what it would be as yet.

Bonnici was also in charge of the 2015 decriminalisation bill, which had depenalised the possession of 3.5 grams for personal use.

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When Sasha (formerly known as Sasha Tas-Sigar) is not busy writing about environmental injustice, she's either shooting film or out at sea. She's passionate about society and the culture that made her. Follow her at @saaxhaa on Instagram, and send her anything related to the environment, art, and women's rights at [email protected]

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