The Maltese Association of Social Workers (MASW) has come out in favour of the decriminalisation of cannabis, however won’t help legalisation, calling it a “devastating step” for its service customers and all society.
“MASW supports the full decriminalisation of the use of cannabis where people are offered support to rehabilitate rather than sent before the Court. Persons selling the drug should still be prosecuted.”
MASW stated any adjustments to laws must be made following “thorough research on the matter.”
The affiliation stated that whereas the related stakeholders largely agree on the damaging facet of the usage of cannabis, the substance had grow to be extra widespread in the neighborhood over the previous decade. “There should be an education campaign to inform the population of such negative effects. The campaign should not be one based on fear but on evidence and facts.”
MASW stated it was additionally involved with the dearth of readability within the White Paper, specifically as a result of it provided little clarification on how minors can be safeguarded. “There is no indication on how the authorities will ensure that children and young people in private residences will not be exposed to cannabis in private residences,” the affiliation stated.
MASW stated the White Paper doesn’t contemplate the implications of substance use on household relationships and the complicated dynamics that this creates each within the shorter time period and the long run.
It additionally stated the White Paper was imbalance in depicting the usage of cannabis as useful. “This aspect overlooks the research, which shows the long-term psychosocial effects which cannabis use leaves on one’s own life.”
Similarly, the affiliation stated the White Paper doesn’t contemplate the impression cannabis use has on the well-being of weak teams.
MASW stated the message handed by the White Paper was that cannabis use was wholesome, has no dangerous results and is a human proper. “Such a message continues to dangerously normalise cannabis use and substance use in general, which is a very serious concern for our members.”
The affiliation additionally questioned how enforcement companies could be managing to determine that people are abiding by the brand new legalisation and cultivating cannabis inside limits imposed by the identical legislation.
In one other assertion from the Malta Association of the Counselling Professionals, whereas agreeing with decriminalisation, the affiliation questioned the view of cannabis as a useful for human use.
“The White Paper recognises the effects of cannabis on the heart, memory, apathy, euphoria, paranoia and anxiety. Must we give the impression that this sort of recreation can be enjoyed while suffering such consequences?”
The MACP additionally questioned the suitability of permitting individuals to develop cannabis at vegetation, when different relations could be in opposition to such a follow.
“We see many adolescents who are dependent on this substance and that are normally resistant to seek help of their own initiative. Parents who make excessive use of cannabis have strained relations with their children, being unable to give them attention or even communicate non-verbally with them. This can create attachment problems in childrens’ live.”
The MACP known as for higher character-formation classes inside the Personal, Social, and Career Development curriculum.