Malta to Legalize Cannabis Cultivation, Possession for Personal Use

It would be the first European country to legalize.

December 13, 2021

Malta is poised to become the first European country to legalize cannabis cultivation and possession for personal use.

The Maltese parliament is expected to vote in favor of the legislation on Dec. 14, according to The Guardian. The law will then be signed by the president and is expected to be implemented by this weekend.

The legislation would legalize the possession of up to 7 grams of cannabis for adults 18 and older, The Guardian reported, as well as allow adults to grow up to four cannabis plants at home for personal use.

The new law would also allow non-profit cannabis clubs to cultivate plants to distribute to their members, according to the news outlet. Club membership would be limited to 500 people and clubs can only distribute up to 7 grams of cannabis to each member per day, with a maximum of 50 grams per month.

Cannabis policy reform has been on the rise in Europe this year. Germany is also on the cusp of legalizing adult-use cannabis; its new governing coalition is expected to introduce legislation that would allow specialized shops to sell cannabis products.

In addition, legislation pending in Luxembourg would legalize cannabis for adults 18 and older and allow home cultivation.