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Malta: Cannabis greenhouses and ‘chain-store’ clubs permitted under new rules

Malta’s laws for the sale of recreational cannabis could likely make room for large players seeking to corner the market with the prospect of cannabis retailer ‘chains.’ 

Malta’s not-for-profit model in the sale of cannabis has been a founding principle for the fledgling regulator, the Authority for the Responsible Use of Cannabis (ARUC). But under the laws and directives issued by the authority, large associations will be able to have multiple distribution sites, as well as grow cannabis in greenhouses in rural settings, usually outside the development zones. 

As confirmed by ARUC chairperson Leonid McKay in reply to questions from MaltaToday, with the largest association possible to grow cannabis being allowing a maximum of 500 members, such a cannabis club will also be able to split the volumes of cannabis. It grows across multiple distribution sites. 

The allowance for such large clubs is a new development with the new iteration of ARUC, which recently underwent changes at the top with the resignation of former Caritas addictions expert Mariella Dimech and various board members. 


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