Following an expression of the public interest for the use of Cannabis to be permitted in Malta, the current Government has moved forward with legalising, in a regulated manner, such use. Indeed, on the basis of the White Paper, introduced on the 30th of March 2021, an entire new legal reform has been introduced and put into effect as of the 14th of December 2021.
This legal reform speaks of associations which are essentially ‘non-profit organisations’ having as their aim the cultivation of cannabis to be dispersed among its members. Notably, legal persons and legal entities are prohibited from forming part of the organisation, be it as members, owners or leaders.
These organisations must be registered with, and permitted by, an Authority regulating the responsible use of cannabis – established by the same legal reform. They are to provide the authority with an activity report, as well as a report indicating its member count (keeping anonymity), with a three-month interval. This authority will regulate such organisations with respect to how much cannabis can be cultivated, the location in which it can be dried and the particulars relating to its transportation. Indeed, this Authority will oversee the quantity and quality which the organisations may distribute.
The association must not exceed five hundred members, and no one may be member to more than one organisation of this nature. Prohibited from forming part of these organisations are persons who have not attained the age of eighteen. Such persons may not be in the presence of any premises operated by such an organisation.
The regulations of concerning distribution entail that such organisation is limited to issuing a maximum of seven grams per member-per day, as long as the total of grams issued does not exceed fifty grams per-member per-month. More so, such organisation may distribute a maximum of twenty cannabis seeds per-member per-month. Essential to note is that at no point may the organisation have in its fund or possession more than five hundred grams of dried cannabis.
With regard to the premises in which the organisation operates, it must be of a distance which is not less than two-hundred-fifty meters from any school, club or youth centre. There must be no indication by any means (such as signs) to the organisation’s nature. The organisation must ensure that such premises do not cause any harassment to the locality in which it is situated, including loitering.
You can read more about this in our dedicated webpage: https://sciberras.legal/practice-areas/cannabis-law/. If interested in establishing such an organisation contact us at Sciberras Advocates for legal guidance and expertise.
Article written by Ms Chantal Borg, currently reading a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) at University of Malta.
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