Cannabis Law in Malta – What Changed?
On the 14th December 2021, Malta joined the more liberal side of the world and “legalised cannabis” – the first in Europe! But since then, the dreams of many of walking down Sliema promenade with a lit joint are still very much in the dream realm. So what is really going on, almost a year later, when it comes to weed laws in Malta? Vape Store Malta
Can I carry weed around?
The main difference that came into effect immediately was the added leeway on possession of cannabis in Malta. In April 2015, the authorities decriminalised the possession of up to 3.5g of marijuana for personal use. This meant that people were still spending a night in the police headquarters following minor possession. Then they were let off with a slap on the wrist and a fine.joint-malta-rolling-buddy
Since December 2021, however, people can carry up to 7g of cannabis with no repercussions. The fines then come in if someone is in possession of between 7g and 28g. The latter of which amounts is legally deemed to be acceptable for personal use – leading to the same sort of slap on the wrist mentioned earlier. This is compounded by the police not having any reason to suspect that the person is trafficking.
Another biproduct of this legislation is that people with charges for cannabis possession on their record can apply to have these removed. This measure deserved more publicity considering the near Draconian laws not half a decade ago. It could change a lot of people’s lives for the better. Especially when it comes to cases of people charged for having a dirty bong or grinder.
Another awesome bi product of this legislation is that people with charges for cannabis possession on their criminal record can apply to have these removed. This measure deserved more publicity as, considering the near Draconian laws not half a decade ago, this could change a lot of people’s lives for the better. Especially when it comes to cases of people charged for having a dirty bong or grinder.
Smoking in Public
Although amounts and possession have definitely relaxed, smoking in public is still a big no-no. According to the Authority on the Responsible Use of Cannabis Act (ARUC), any person caught consuming cannabis in public is liable to a fine of €235. And if in the presence of a minor, that will rise to anywhere between €300 and €500.cannabis-law-overview
While there has been talk of Cannabis Clubs in Malta or designated smoking areas, these are seemingly a long way away. Recent interviews in the press with the Head of ARUC have done very little to shed any light on the future. When or where people can buy marijuana legally in Malta, or smoke it?
While there has been talk of Cannabis Clubs in Malta or designated smoking areas, apart from a few applications, these are seemingly a long way away. Recent interviews in the press with the Head of ARUC have done very little to shed any light on when or where people can buy marijuana legally in Malta, or smoke it.
Some great news about this new law is also the potential of cultivating your own. Naturally, there is some cost incurred to set up initially, not to mention a steep learning curve for most. However, this is a step in the right direction when it comes to smoking more safely and sustainably.
cannabis-weed-growing-maltaYou can cultivate up to 4 plants, storing up to 50g of marijuana in your place of residence at a time. The main additional condition here is that the plants are not visible to the public outside of your private premises.
Thankfully, when it comes to growing, a number of headshops in Malta and cannabis grow shops have popped up. None less equipped that the awesome Rolling-Buddy headshop when it comes to seeds for any novice or experienced grower. Not to mention how their Headshop Malta offers a range of storage options, including the Smokus Focus Stash Jar or the larger TightVac KiloVac option.
So what’s taking so long?
Rightly so, thousands of people who had been looking forward to this historic step in Maltese legislation are left asking where we’re at. Unfortunately, due to the authorities dragging their feet on anything other than cultivation and possession, many are still resorting to the black market to buy some weed.
ARUC has yet to announce the new regulatory framework promised by last April. That being said, the Authority’s Head, Mariella Dimech, has assured the media that there has been progress in terms of meeting all stakeholders. The new deadline is the end of this year, fingers crossed that ARUCs safe use approach pulls through and weed enthusiasts will be able to avoid the black market.
Unfortunately at the moment, since possession laws have relaxed, there is still a heavy dependence on illegal sources for cannabis. Even home growers end up having to get their seeds from unregulated sources.
Where does that leave us?
cannabis-in-maltaAt the moment it would be too pessimistic to say that the outlook is bleak. Smokers can already stop looking over their shoulders when they’re carrying small amounts. And, if people are so inclined, they can also cultivate safely and smoke in their homes.
With that in mind, Rolling Buddy can help you make your smoking at home experience as hassle free as possible. Their Head shop Malta has everything from initial preparation, to smoking, to storage. Whether you need a simple solid grinder, or you want to splurge on something special. After that you’ll need premier rolling papers, perhaps even a rolling machine if you’re not too familiar and some tobacco substitute to make sure you smoke clean. Looking through the Rolling Buddy Headshop Malta will also find you novelties like these bongs.
his is a solid step forward, so let us be a bit more glass-half-full about it. Let’s keep our eyes out for the new Cannabis Clubs which will eventually come into place. Every update is another small victory for the cannabis enthusiast in Malta!
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Cannabis Law in Malta – What Changed?