THE MINISTRY FOR EQUALITY, RESEARCH AND INNOVATION: Minister Owen Bonnici meets the newly appointed Board of the Authority on the Responsible Use of Cannabis

Minister for Equality, Research and Innovation Owen Bonnici met with the members of the Board of the new Authority on the Responsible Use of Cannabis.

This Board was constituted for the first time on the 10th of January 2022, following the entry into force of the Authority on the Responsible Use of Cannabis Act.

Minister Bonnici thanked Executive Chairperson Mariella Dimech and all the members of the Board for accepting to serve the country on such an important reform. He also praised the diverse wealth of experience which all the individual members bring to the board, which will help to ensure that the law is applied in the best and most professional manner possible.

Dr Bonnici said that authority must make sure to fulfil all the obligations imposed on it by legislation. “It is through this manner that trust is built in the important work of the authority by the public at large. Truly, the authority is in a position to make a difference for the better on various levels,” Minister Bonnici concluded.

The Authority for the Responsible Use of Cannabis has several important functions, including the duty to act as regulator for non-profit associations whose activities involve the cultivation and possession of cannabis for distribution among its members, who have to be adults. It also has the duty to organise or promote educational campaigns on the responsible use of cannabis based on scientific facts, while providing clear and impartial information on the risks and other elements of cannabis and its use, with reference to age and with appropriate content.

Source: Office of the Prime Minister