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Marijuana Law in Malta

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Unforunately Marijuana is illegal in Malta and Penalties may be harsher than other European
Countries . On a positive note however the Labour Goverment is pushing for reform with new drug
laws.These laws are currently being enacted and will be more leniant on marijuana users
especially first time cases.  Watch this page to get the latest updates on marijuana laws in
Malta.

Newly Proposed Laws

The new laws allow for the use of medicinal marijuana.

Cultivation of up to one plant of cannabis or will no longer carry a mandatory jail sentence / suspended sentence or probation

Prosecution for possesion of small quantities (aka personal use (currently up to 3.5 grams))  will have fines ranging from €50 to €150

For second and further convictions the offender will be refered to a Drug Offenders Rehabilitation Board to be assisted with rehabilitation.

In cases where the offernder refuses to appear in front of the board and cooperate then they will then be refered to court, even if the fine has been paid.

Current Marijuana Laws in Malta

Presently the laws in Malta recognize two different types of possesion.  Possesion for Personal Use and Possesion with Intent to Sell. In our world just a smoker or a dealer !

Possession for Personal Use

Personal use or Simple possession may be liable to between 3 to 12 months jail time and / or a fine ranging from €470 to €2350 when tried in the Court of Magistrates

However if tried in a Criminal Court then the sentence ranges from 1 to 10 years prison time as well as a fine ranging from €470 up to €23,500

Possession with Intent to Sell

Possesion with intent to sell is punished and considered as bad as trafficking. This carries a potential sentence of life imprisonment if convicted in criminal court.

The court makes considerations when sentencing these cases such as was the jury verdict unanimous and is a life sentence inappropriate. In those cases the sentence may be between 4 to 30 years prison time and a fine ranging from €2350 up to €118,000

If tried in the Court of Magistrates, then a conviction could earn you anything from 6 months up to 10 years jail time and a fine of €470 up to €11,800 .

Public Opinion

The majority of the maltese find drug laws for personal use way too harsh. A large proportion of the Maltese population smokes. Maltatoday’s survey shows that 9 on 10 people  agree that small time drug users do not face court. More than half agree with decriminilization of cannabis. More over most Maltese don’t care about what you do as long as it doesn’t bother them . i.e If you’re smoking a quiet joint on the beach its unheard of that members of the general public give you grief.

Additionally the majority of those who oppose marijuana legalization and use have absolutely no idea what it is or what it smells like so if you’re discreet then you should be fine .

2 thoughts on “Marijuana Law in Malta

  1. pepsi99 says:

    Nice website. Mind you that simple possession is up to 3.5g and not 2g as stated.

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