If Malta permits private cultivation of cannabis vegetation it would as properly legalise the substance, authorities’s anti-addiction company stated.
Reacting to the cannabis reform White Paper, Sedqa stated the proposal to permit folks to domesticate their very own vegetation leaves a serious authorized loophole since it’s not clear the place the fabric for rising the vegetation shall be acquired.
“At best, this could be interpreted as a measure which has not been thoroughly thought through while at worst it could be taken for a tacit acknowledgment of the existence of, and necessary cooperation with, a black market. If Malta is to go down the route of allowing for cultivation, then, as controversial as this may be, legalisation is the practical solution,” Sedqa stated.
The company reiterated its opposition to the legalisation of “any psychoactive substances” and insisted that alcohol was as dangerous as cannabis. It additionally accused authorities of sitting on the fence between decriminalisation and legalisation.
“At Sedqa we believe that the government must make its position clear. As an agency which views substance use disorder as a public health problem, we are against the criminalisation of substance use and we fully support the government on all measures of this aspect of the White Paper. If, on the other hand, the government views cannabis as a substance which ‘enhances wellbeing’ for users and wishes to legalize the substance then it should make its position clear,” the company stated.
Sedqa stated it doesn’t condone the legalisation of any psychoactive substance because of the danger of normalisation of use, probably elevated consumption and the concomitant danger of creating substance use dysfunction.
“Nevertheless, Sedqa would not oppose legalisation if there were a clear strategy towards harm reduction and properly informed choice. Sedqa would consider this a lesser evil compared to a rampant black market. It would also require the government to be clear in its laws and policies related to drug use, empower its national agency to continue developing its primary prevention efforts as well as treat the persons who develop SUDs,” the company stated.
Sedqa stated that if, as steered by the White Paper, cannabis can’t be consumed in public locations, nor in entrance of minors, it will imply that many wouldn’t be capable to eat cannabis at house. It referred to as for an overseeing authority that might designate locations the place cannabis will be consumed legally.
“These places need to be controlled to make sure that minors are not allowed in, people who are getting too intoxicated are advised to stop using cannabis, and people who may feel ill may be referred to a medical centre,” Sedqa stated.
It underlined that the best variety of substance use problems in Malta are developed on a very authorized substance: alcohol.
“Sedqa’s commitment to preventing substance abuse and treating SUDs does not waver, whether a substance is legal or illegal,” it added.