More countries likely to follow

Malta first in Europe to legalize adult-use cannabis

This week, Malta will become the first European country to legalize the cultivation and possession of cannabis for personal use, pipping Luxembourg to the post, as the continent undergoes a wave of change to its drug laws. Possession of up to seven grams of the drug will be legal for those aged 18 and above, and it will permissible to grow up to four cannabis plants at home, with up to 50g of the dried product storable.

The move by Malta, the EU’s smallest member state, is likely to be followed by reform across Europe in 2022. Germany recently announced a move to establish a legally regulated market, following announcements from the governments of Switzerland, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands. A referendum in Italy is planned, while Canada, Mexico, and 18 US states have already enacted similar legislation.

Beyond allowing people to grow plants at home, albeit out of sight of the public, it will be legal for non-profit cannabis clubs to cultivate for distribution among their members, similar to organizations tolerated in Spain and the Netherlands.

Read the complete article at theguardian.com.


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