Malta Becomes First EU Country to Legalize Cannabis


2021-12-16 01:00:10 Ganjapreneur


Malta’s parliament voted 36 to 27 on Tuesday to legalize cannabis, becoming the first European Union nation to fully pass the reforms, the BBC reports. Under the law, adults can legally possess up to seven grams of cannabis and cultivate up to four plants. Smoking cannabis in public and in front of children remains outlawed. Equality Minister Owen Bonnici, who promoted the legislation, described the vote as “historic,” adding that it would keep cannabis consumers from criminal penalties and will “curb drug trafficking by making sure that [users] now have a safe and regularized way from where they can obtain cannabis,” the report says. The law sets fines for individuals possessing more than seven grams in public but less than 28 grams up to 100 euros, 235 euros for smoking in public, and up to 500 euros for consuming cannabis in front of anyone under 18-years-old. Minors caught with cannabis will be recommended a care or treatment plan as opposed to an arrest or criminal charges. Under the plan, associations will be set up to distribute cannabis and cannabis seeds and individuals can only be part of one association, which supporters say will help regulate how much someone buys. The reforms were opposed by Malta’s opposition Nationalist Party. In October, Bernard Grech, leader of the party, who initially supported the law, told the Times of Malta that it would “only lead to the strengthening of the illegal market, with organized crime taking advantage.” The party is urging Malta President George Vella not to sign the bill into law. A similar plan was announced by E.U. nation Luxembourg in October and Germany’s coalition government last month indicated it plans to legalize cannabis and license dispensaries to conduct regulated sales. Get daily news insights in your inbox. Subscribe End Authored By: TG joined Ganjapreneur in 2014 as a news writer and began hosting the Ganjapreneur podcast in 2016. He is based in upstate New York, where he also teaches media studies at a local university.
据英国广播公司报道,马耳他议会周二以36票对27票通过了大麻合法化,成为第一个完全通过改革的欧盟国家。根据法律,成年人可以合法拥有最多7克大麻,并种植最多4株植物。在公共场合和儿童面前吸食大麻仍然是非法的。 推动这项立法的平等部长欧文·邦尼奇(Owen Bonnici)将投票描述为“历史性的”,并补充说,这将使大麻消费者免受刑事处罚,并将“通过确保(使用者)现在有一种安全和正规的方式获得大麻来遏制贩毒,”报告称。 该法律规定,在公共场合持有超过7克但低于28克的个人最高可处以100欧元的罚款,在公共场合吸烟最高可处以235欧元的罚款,在18岁以下的任何人面前吸食大麻最高可处以500欧元的罚款。 被抓到大麻的未成年人将被建议一个护理或治疗计划,而不是逮捕或刑事指控。 根据该计划,将成立协会来分发大麻和大麻籽,个人只能是一个协会的一部分,支持者说这将有助于规范某人购买多少。 改革遭到马耳他反对党民族主义党的反对。10月,最初支持该法律的该党领导人伯纳德·格雷奇(Bernard Grech)告诉《马耳他时报》,这“只会导致非法市场的加强,让有组织犯罪乘虚而入”该党敦促马耳他总统乔治·贝拉(George Vella)不要将该法案签署成为法律。 欧盟也宣布了一项类似的计划10月卢森堡和上个月德国联合政府表示,计划将大麻合法化,并许可药房进行受监管的销售。 在收件箱中获取每日新闻见解。订阅 结束 作者: TG于2014年加入Ganjapreneur担任新闻作家,并于2016年开始主持Ganjapreneur播客。他住在纽约州北部,在当地的一所大学教授媒体研究。