Level of prosecution
The Narcotic Drugs And Psychotropic Substances Law of 1977, s.6 (offence), s.30A (quantities), Third Schedule (penalties)
Cannabis is a Class B substance – life imprisonment is possible for use and maximum 8 years for possession (maximum 2 yrs for first offence for under 25 yr old).
3 plants or more, or 30g or more of cannabis products, are presumed to be for supply.
They are usually eaten raw. Crunchy with a mild nutty flavor, they can be enjoyed in many different ways.
The hemp plant is one of the fastest growing plants and was one of the first plants to be spun into usable fiber 10,000 years ago. It is eco-friendly as it can even be grown without deadly herbicides and pesticides
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Country of Origin: France
Hemp seeds, or hemp hearts, are the seeds of the hemp plant, Cannabis sativa. Technically a nut, these small, crunchy seeds are safe to consume and contain only traces of the chemical, called THC, the primary psychoactive compound in cannabis which is known to cause euphoria. These seeds have a soft, creamy filling which has a mild, nutty flavor and must by no means be confused with marijuana.
Net Weight: 290g
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Meanwhile, close in the Mediterranean, Malta is bound to be the next country to fully legalise cannabis. This island of just 432,000 inhabitants decriminalized the plant on April 2015 and now Prime Minister Joseph Muscat wants to go a step further in the legal status of weed. Accordingly, during his re-election campaign several state agencies addressed the implementation terms.
With amazing natural surroundings and full of history worth discovering, these small Mediterranean islands are visited by thousands of tourists each year. And if all of this was not enough, cannabis is apparently one of the favourite plants of the locals. Are Malta and Cyprus must-visit destinations for marijuana lovers? Regardless of the answer, the fact is these two Mediterranean islands are taking small steps that won’t fail to impress many of their European neighbours.
The Maltese case
Also, the Maltese society appears ready for legalisation. A study carried out in 2014 showed that 9 in 10 people believed cannabis users should not face jail and half of the citizens – 70 percent amongst residents under 35 – were supportive of the efforts to decriminalise weed, as opposed to the 14 percent that still believes it is dangerous.
Despite the goodwill of politicians, some activists have stressed that medical cannabis was supposed to have been legalised five years ago, with the last election, a promise that was never fulfilled – it was decriminalized, though. Meanwhile, in an article published recently in the magazine Think, of the University of Malta, family doctor Andrew Agius and physiologist and biochemist Giuseppe Di Giovanni argue that cannabis has been long used for the relief of pain, all while noting that many patients prefer it over stronger substances like morphine when it comes to treating chronic pain. They have also highlighted its high therapeutic value for conditions such as anxiety, nausea, muscle spasms and epilepsy.
Ralpha Cassar, General Secretary of the Alternattiva Demokratika Party, has stated they would like a regulation model similar to Colorado, Uruguay or Portugal, where the plant was decriminalized at the beginning of the century. In his view, persecuting cannabis users is counterproductive and weed shouldn’t be grouped together with substances such as cocaine and heroin. He also noted that the effects of marijuana are less harmful than those associated to alcohol and tobacco.