In the past years, Malta experienced drastic demographic, technological and infrastructural change. These changes are having a direct effect on the country and positioning Malta at a curious cross roads between a conservative and closed past towards a more open, diverse and inclusive future.
A country that slowly but surely emerges from a relatively economic and socially stagnant past, and moving towards an innovative and modern future requires a constitution which reflects novel aspirations of the people, whilst include safeguards for the promotion of a democratic and just nation state.
The country is implementing these changes with a strong capitalist mindset and with commercial interests sometimes taking over human, environmental and health considerations. We are seeing a corporate take over in various fields, with the role and rights of the individual diminished in the name of good business.
It is curious that when it comes to certain substances, such as cannabis, the Government together with businesses is centralising cultivation, manufacturing and distribution to the extent that Maltese citizens continue to face harsh criminal repercussions if caught cultivating cannabis for personal use.
ReLeaf is therefore highlighting the importance to safeguard the right to personal cultivation of plants, including psychoactive plants and ensure Maltese citizens continue to enjoy the right to personal cultivation and freedom to farm.
Read the ReLeaf proposal for the Reform of the Constitution of Malta here: https://riformakostituzzjonali.gov.mt/documents/andrew-bonello-releaf-malta/?lang=en
Source: ReLeaf Malta