‘Overwhelming Majority’ Of Feedback For Legalization Bill In Malta Is Positive
When it comes to the next country to legalize cannabis for adult use, Malta is probably not the first country that comes to mind. However, momentum for cannabis legalization is extremely strong in Malta right now.
A cannabis legalization measure has been introduced in Malta, and the government is seeking feedback from the public. According to at least one government official, the feedback has been very favorable towards the measure. Per Lovin Malta:
Feedback to the recently proposed bill to legalise the personal use of cannabis up to 7g has been received positively across the island.
Published by Reforms Minister Owen Bonnici, Bill No. 241 has been welcomed by criminal justice activists calling for a better and more appropriate approach to cannabis use on the island. The island has been known to be notoriously harsh on cannabis users, with people being sent to prison for nearly a decade over the plant.
This is certainly welcome news. Any time a government official speaks favorably about cannabis reform it’s a good thing, and that’s especially true when it is happening in a country that has historically cracked down hard on cannabis.
With that being said, the words are just that – words. Those words have to be backed up by action, otherwise, it’s just governing officials gaslighting the public like they often do when it comes to cannabis policy.
The fact that a bill has already been introduced is helpful, and the limited legalization model will hopefully boost its chances of being completely passed and implemented sooner rather than later.
Legalizing the personal possession of up to 7 grams of cannabis is something that everyone in Malta should be on board with. After all, why would anyone want to waste limited public resources going after personal amounts of cannabis? (or any amount of cannabis, but I digress).
If/when Malta passes their legalization bill, it will be a far cry compared to Uruguay and Canada. However, the limited reform is clearly better than Malta’s current complete prohibition law.