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Title: Current drug laws may be doing more harm than good : a case for legalising cannabis
Authors: Fenech, Gabriel
Keywords: Drug legalisation -- Malta
Drugs -- Law and legislation
Cannabis
Cannabis -- Therapeutic use
Issue Date: 2017
Abstract: Chapter 537 of the Laws of Malta can be seen as a step forward in terms of laws relating to drugs, especially cannabis. While it is a form of progress, there still is a lot more which can be done to improve the situation. In this study, the author will first introduce the topic by discussing the Drug Dependence act, along with the changes it brought, with special regards to cultivation and the introduction of medical cannabis. The study will then delve into the situation in the United States, two years after retail sales of cannabis was made legal in certain States. At the time of writing, more States have followed, resulting in eight states out of fifty, legalising cannabis for recreational use. The author will discuss the benefits of retail sales with regards to economic benefits, crime rates, road safety and employment growth, amongst other topics. Keeping the West in mind, a discussion will also be made on the legalisation of cannabis in Uruguay and Canada, the first two countries in the world to make the plant legal in the whole country. The study will then shift back to the national situation, by analysing and discussing a survey made up of questions relating to the topic of cannabis use, versus that of tobacco and alcohol, carried out by the author himself. Following this, this paper will tackle the topic of the ‘War on Drugs’, by discussing its purpose and effectiveness throughout the past few years. Finally, the author will also provide his personal opinion on the current laws, and suggest ways on how the situation in Malta may be improved through the introduction of new laws, influenced by other countries which have seen success through legalisation.
Description: LL.B
URI: https://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar//handle/123456789/28931
Appears in Collections:Dissertations - FacLaw - 2017
Dissertations - FacLawCri - 2017

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