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Malta Is The First Country In The European Union To Legalize Marijuana.

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Malta has become the first European Union country to legalize cannabis cultivation and personal use.

Adults will be able to carry up to seven grams of cannabis in their possession and grow up to four plants at home.

However, it will be prohibited to smoke it in public or in front of youngsters.

Several other countries, including Germany, Luxembourg, and Switzerland, have similar plans. Cannabis use is tolerated in several countries, such as the Netherlands.

On Tuesday afternoon, Malta’s parliament voted in favor of the reform, with 36 votes in favor and 27 votes against.

The “historic” step, according to Equality Minister Owen Bonnici, will prevent small-time cannabis users from incurring criminal charges and will “curb drug trafficking by ensuring that [users] now have a safe and regularized means from where they can purchase cannabis.”

Malta’s opposition Nationalist Party, on the other hand, voted against the amendment.

According to The Times, its chairman Bernard Grech, who initially backed the new law, cautioned in October that it would “just boost the underground market, with organized criminals taking advantage.”

Opponents have urged Malta’s president, George Vella, to refuse to sign it into law, the final, ceremonial step.

Anyone carrying more than seven grams but less than 28 grams might be punished up to €100 (£85; $112) under the new rules.

Smoking cannabis in public will result in a €235 fine, with those who do so in front of anyone under the age of 18 facing a fine of up to €500.

Associations will be formed to distribute the drug or seeds for cannabis cultivation, thereby restricting how much someone purchases – and a person can only belong to one association.

There is also help available for minors who have been caught using cannabis. Instead of facing arrest or criminal charges, they will be given a care plan or treatment.

Cannabis regulations vary from country to country.

After the United Nations reclassified cannabis last year to recognize its therapeutic benefits, Malta, the EU’s smallest member state, is expected to be the first of a number of countries to change their cannabis laws.

Luxembourg, Germany, and Switzerland have all stated that they intend to create a legally controlled market.

In the Netherlands, which is known for its cannabis cafes, cannabis is still technically illegal. When the drug is sold at coffee shops, however, there is a tolerance for it.

Next year, Italy will conduct a referendum on the topic, while South Africa, Mexico, Jamaica, Portugal, and a handful of US states have already passed similar legislation.

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