As the Maltese parliament entered its second day of debate on the Bill to regulate the recreational use of cannabis, a divide between the government and the Opposition sparked an argument over the future of Malta. Nationalist MP Claudio Grech argued that the Bill, which will permit home-growing and limited dispensation from non-profits, lacks consideration towards cannabis liberalisation. He went on to state that the party is opposing the reform “out of responsibility, not popularity.”
Grech stood by the PN’s position against the bill while Labour MP Rosianne Cutajar, who previously led the drugs reform, highlighted that the government is not promoting cannabis use and will not turn into “another Amsterdam.” Cutajar highlighted that the decriminalised cannabis quantity of 3.5g was “ridiculous” while this bill will allow the police to focus on larger-scale crimes.
Elsewhere, the Mayor of Amsterdam Flemke Halsema proposed the imposition of a ban on tourists visiting cannabis cafes due to reported “years of antisocial behaviour” from the visitors. The mayor and ecologist highlighted the desire to attract tourists based on cultural richness, beauty and institution rather than drug culture and increased demand on marijuana.
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