The Maltese Association of Social Workers (MASW) backs the decriminalisation of cannabis use however not legalisation, saying this is able to have a devastating impact on society.
While saying that it helps the complete decriminalisation of the usage of cannabis the place individuals are supplied assist to rehabilitate fairly than despatched earlier than the Court, MASW mentioned “persons selling the drug should still be prosecuted.”
Moreover, MASW mentioned it’s firmly in opposition to any makes an attempt to legalise cannabis. “This would be a devastating step for our service users and for all society.”
Legislation, MASW mentioned, must be made following a radical analysis on the matter. It recommends that such analysis is led by the Faculty for Social Wellbeing from the University of Malta, and different key stakeholders.
The affiliation added that related stakeholders principally agree on the unfavorable facets of the usage of cannabis. “However, cannabis-use in the community has increased over the past decade. MASW would be in favor of 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.”
The White Paper on the cannabis reform, MASW mentioned, lacks readability on a quantity points, specifically: how minors might be safeguarded, how the authorities will be sure that kids and younger folks in personal residences won’t be uncovered to cannabis in personal residences, and the results of substance use on household relationships.
MASW additionally known as for clarifications on how the usage of cannabis amongst younger folks might be prevented, in view of analysis exhibiting that cannabis elements straight hurt the creating mind of adolescents.