Cannabis is 'a means to have control over myself and my well-being' – Times of Malta

As more voices join in towards the proper legalisation of cannabis, Johnathan Cilia, co-founder of pre-legalisation NGO ReLeaf, speaks to some of the main local exponents.

During a recent event, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat recently said that Malta’s drug laws had “failed” to do their job.

“The drugs problem has aggravated over the years and if we keep using the same recipe to tackle it, then we’ll keep getting the same results.”

This statement, bearing in mind references to legalisation of cannabis before the election and with Parliamentary Secretary Julia Farrugia Portelli being given the task if looking into drug reform, hints that change may soon be afoot.

And, for those who hope to use cannabis legally in Malta, it was a ray of hope they sorely needed.

For 25-year old Daniel, a student who suffers from PTSD and clinical depression, it meant he might soon be able to stop having to have dealings with criminals to get his medicine.

“It all started because I wanted to use an alternative therapy/treatment, considering that antidepressants are expensive and I wanted to, in a way, take control over my illness,” says Daniel.

“I had been receiving counselling from a psychiatrist for a few months and, while the prescription drugs did work, the after-effects weren’t so pleasant. I got frustrated and impatient, waiting to find the right drug for me and, as I said, I wanted control over my illness.”

For 25-year old Daniel, a student who suffers from PTSD and clinical depression, it meant he might soon be able to stop having to have dealings with criminals to get his medicine

After using cannabis for a year, he plucked up the courage to see a therapist. “If anything, it’s thanks to my usage of cannabis that I was able to

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