With the approval of the Authority on the Responsible Use of Cannabis Act (the “Act“), legal cannabis in Malta has arrived. The Mediterranean island nation is the first in the European Union to legalize adult-use cannabis. Medical cannabis has been legal in Malta since 2018.
1. What Is Now Legal?
The Act permits the cultivation of up to four cannabis plants. It also allows possession of not more than 50 grams of dried cannabis for personal use, by a person at their residence. Cultivation shall not occur in a space visible to the public.
In public, possession of up to seven grams is not considered an offense, provided it is “reasonably deemed” that the cannabis is for personal use.
In addition, the Act allows the establishment of cannabis clubs. These venues may dispense up to seven grams of cannabis per day to a single member (and up to 50 grams in a calendar month).
2. Are There Still Any Restrictions?
Cannabis is now legal in Malta, but this is subject to certain important limitations. The use of cannabis in public (other than for medical purposes), is punishable by a €235 (~$265) fine.
The possession of any amount of cannabis by a person