Cannabis associations in Malta need to be allowed to keep up to 1,000 grams of the plant in their premises, and consumers should be allowed to become members of more than one association – but in general, the account of the legalization is “headed in the right direction”, a businessman who runs a coffeeshop in Barcelona told Lovin Malta.
“All in all we are really happy that we are on the right track to deliver what we need,” Nicholas Regan from Pengz Barcelona told Lovin Malta.
However, he saw plenty of room for improvement, breaking some specific points.
You can find the government legalization proposal here.
1. Cannabis social associations allowed only 500 members.
“You have over 40,000 cannabis smokers on the island,” Regan remarked. “Does that mean we will have thousands of clubs on the island? Or do you have to turn people to the black market when this is the thing we are trying to reduce? “
Regan said he believes there should be no limit on the number of people an association can accommodate.
“Are we taking tourists away from the back streets of the black market? Or are we welcoming tourists who want to not only enjoy our beautiful island but also our safe, secure and friendly associations? “
2. Members of the public are allowed to sign only for one CSC
“That again doesn’t make sense – if someone for any reason might prefer a different cannabis social club experience, shouldn’t they be allowed to move freely?”
“Or are they being forced back into the black market?”
3. Only 500 grams allowed in place at any given time
“Is there a particular reason for such a small amount? Especially considering that these are supposed to be the safe and regulated places that the state is telling people to go get their cannabis? “
“This should be increased to at least 1,000 grams because I think this small amount would be difficult when implemented for the first time.”
4. Ensure safe transportation of the cannabis product to the club
“In Spain, this is not implemented and it is very difficult to deliver cannabis to the cannabis social club. The reform didn’t really go into the detail of how we’re going to deliver cannabis safely to the club, it’s something we really need to talk about. “
5. No advertisement outside the clubhouse
“This is not a major issue, although I feel this is a very old Spanish rule. It felt like we were keeping them hidden like dirty cannabis smokers, which of course we are not! ”
“People need to feel the experience in every way and not feel like they’re going down an back alley in a basement to smoke their cannabis.”
6. Cultivation for the club
“This needs to be addressed and made clear – how big will a club’s cultivation be to ensure it supplies its members year-round?”
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