Poor social policy “forces Maltese to get cannabis on the black market”
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In a statement today, ReLeaf has said that it is disappointed to see the Nationalist party reconfirm their position against the legalisation of the personal use of cannabis, especially in light of recent tentative steps towards a more sensible drug policy.
It added that, “after our personal meeting with Dr. Adrian Delia, it is especially saddening to hear this re-affirmation of an unjust and poor social policy forcing thousands of Maltese citizens to be stigmatised and forced into a black market.
“He had been receptive to our message and we had been hopeful that the Nationalist Party had understood the injustice cannabis users face every day,” said ReLeaf.
Circolo Gozitano, at the weekend, held a public debated in Gozo to discuss whether legislation is the next step.
Unfortunately, said ReLeaf, “with Dr. Chris Said’s clear message at the debate in Gozo, the Nationalist Party seem resolute to be on the wrong side of history on this very important issue.”
“It is essential that the legislators of this nation move on from entertaining a disproven, antiquated idea of cannabis,” said the organisation. “Maltese community leaders must stop seeing cannabis users as victims,” it added.
The lobby group said that cannabis plant is an incredibly versatile natural plant that has a long list of beneficial uses, as a drug as well as applications like textiles and food, “and there’s not a single death associated with its use.”
ReLeaf added that, “Malta needs a policy based on sensible legislation with a strong foothold in reality, coupled with a truthful and modern national education drive.”
“It is only a weak social and economic policy that ignores what can be gained from legalising and legislating the plant. This kind of policy, as we currently have, creates a system where Maltese children have unfettered access to untested cannabis,” stated the organisation.
It continued by saying that Maltese citizens that use cannabis are no different than any others. They work and study hard to be successful, and to continue to ignore them and force them to the black market is a stain on any social policy.
ReLeaf thanked the Circolo Gozitano for hosting the successful debate, as well Dr. Chris Said, Parliamentary Secretary Julia Farrugia Portelli, and Ralph Cassar, “for their honest input.”