PRESS RELEASE BY THE PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARIAT FOR CONSUMER RIGHTS, PUBLIC CLEANSING AND SUPPORT FOR THE CAPITAL CITY: Medical Cannabiz World Summit: Research and Development for Medical Cannabis

Addressing the Medical Cannabiz World Summit taking place between the 4th and the 5th of November, Parliamentary Secretary for Consumer Rights, Public Cleansing and Support for the Capital City Deo Debattista drew attention to the value of research and development for medicinal cannabis within the scientific community. Parliamentary Secretary Debattista highlighted recent publications from pertinent bodies, including the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, and the resolution adopted by the European Parliament on medical cannabis, which calls for more quality research and robust data on the safety and efficacy of cannabis for medicinal purposes.

Standardisation concerns and difficulty in obtaining consistent results are mitigated by developments in chemistry, technology, as well as advanced scientific studies. The progress in clinical trials, which targets wide-ranging potential indications for cannabis, is promising with regards to having products that meet the regulatory standards for approval. In line with Malta’s policy, reflected through a legal framework which governs all aspects of cannabis for medicinal use, which includes the vision fostered for sustainable research and development, the way forward is to advance a holistic infrastructure for scientific excellence, with the patient at the core of all endeavours.

Source: Office of the Prime Minister