Author: Matt Lamers
Maltese lawmakers approved a landmark bill that decriminalizes some quantities of recreational cannabis, regulates home cultivation and permits nonprofit cannabis clubs in the European Union country.
The island nation’s president, George Vella, is expected to sign the bill in the coming days.
The new law will make Malta the first European Union (EU) country to legalize certain quantities of adult-use cannabis for personal use.
But the measure stops short of regulating the sale of recreational cannabis to consumers for profit, meaning those transactions, where they occur, will remain in the underground market and out of reach for legal businesses – and out of sight for regulators.