Leglaize It! Malta, Moviment Graffiti in call for drug policy reform on cannabis

The prohibition of cannabis is more harmful than cannabis itself, Moviment Graffiti insists.

Legalize It! Malta and Moviment Graffitti to hold a second cannabis march in Valletta next Saturday, 5 May
Legalize It! Malta and Moviment Graffitti to hold a second cannabis march in Valletta next Saturday, 5 May

Legalize It! Malta and Moviment Graffitti will be taking part in the Global Marijuana March next Saturday, in a call for a reform in drug policy relating to cannabis.

The march is being held in tandem with over 100 other cities all around the world - 700 cities have participated since 1999 - calling for the end of prohibition.

"The current system has not only failed, but will keep on failing, also causing huge problems to society in the form of corruption, organised crime and loss of resources, with the brunt of the problem being borne by the most vulnerable people in society," pressure group Moviment Graffiti said in a statement.

Graffiti said that acknowledgement by Justice Minister Chris Said of a more broad consensus on the decriminalisation of cannabis, that importation, trafficking and consumption of drugs has increased despite prohibition and the toll of human lives it involves, shows that the taboo of discussing drug policy has started to be broken.

"While applauding the recent movements towards a more holistic understanding of drug use and abuse, the organisers nonetheless feel that this is a matter of urgency, with people going to prison every week for crimes such as growing cannabis for personal use - as Malta does not differentiate between cultivation for personal use or for trafficking," Graffiti said.

"No other European country has such draconian laws, with some countries such as Denmark, Spain, Switzerland, Portugal, Czech Republic and Netherlands having changed their laws in recent years in face of compelling evidence that the war on drugs has failed."

The movement said that across the Atlantic, countries are realising the great toll the war on drugs has had on their people, with the result that various heads of state, including leaders such as US president Barack Obama, Mexican President Felipe Calderon, and Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, have brought the discussion to the table at the recent Summit of the Americas.

Quoting Guatemalan President Otto Perez, Graffiti said: "The prohibition paradigm that inspires mainstream global drug policy today is based on a false premise: that the global drug markets can be eradicated."

The pressure group insisted that only a fully regulated market can reduce the harms associated with drug abuse, as well as greatly reducing the harms associated with prohibition.

"Only a regulated market can protect minors, deal a blow to organised crime, enable taxation, and provide a truly evidence-based policy," Graffiti said.

"Fundamentally, although cannabis is not harmless and should be used with care, the harms caused by prohibition far outweigh any harms done by the plant itself, while not allowing for any of its benefits to be taken advantage of."

 

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"Fundamentally, although cannabis is not harmless..." Exactly what harms has it been proved cannabis causes? What's that? Nothing at all?
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Put in prison just for some marijuana.Take the best time of a youth just for some cannabis,Malta should be smarter than that.
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Luke Camilleri
Ma ghadnhiex bzonnha Malta, ghandna il-Gonzi "jillupjana" bil-wedghi tieghu ta' qabel l-elezzjoni bla marijuana, kif jaghmel il-frejjeg bla bajd!
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Luke Camilleri
Ma ghadnhiex bzonnha Malta, ghandna il-Gonzi "jillupjana" bil-wedghi tieghu ta' qabel l-elezzjoni bla marijuana, kif jaghmel il-frejjeg bla bajd!
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Luke Camilleri
Ma ghadnhiex bzonnha Malta, ghandna il-Gonzi "jillupjana" bil-wedghi tieghu ta' qabel l-elezzjoni bla marijuana, kif jaghmel il-frejjeg bla bajd!
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Luke Camilleri
Ma ghadnhiex bzonnha Malta, ghandna il-Gonzi "jillupjana" bil-wedghi tieghu ta' qabel l-elezzjoni bla marijuana, kif jaghmel il-frejjeg bla bajd!
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Luke Camilleri
Ma ghadnhiex bzonnha Malta, ghandna il-Gonzi "jillupjana" bil-wedghi tieghu ta' qabel l-elezzjoni bla marijuana, kif jaghmel il-frejjeg bla bajd!
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Luke Camilleri
Ma ghadnhiex bzonnha Malta, ghandna il-Gonzi "jillupjana" bil-wedghi tieghu ta' qabel l-elezzjoni bla marijuana, kif jaghmel il-frejjeg bla bajd!