Malta is set to be one of the first countries to offer high-grade medical cannabis in Europe.
Maltese economic minister Chris Cardona told a conference in St Julian’s that it was the ‘duty’ of governments ‘to help patients who will benefit from the therapeutic effects of the drug’.
He was speaking at the first ever Medical Cannabiz World Summit, held at the InterContinental Malta Arena Conference Centre.
Medical experts and researchers from all over the globe have gathered in Malta for the two-day conference.
The minister said that the production of medical cannabis should not be controversial.
He added: ‘We owe it to our medical community, and we must provide information and education on the use of medical cannabis for the patients.
‘We knew that the introduction of this industry in Malta would be met with some scepticism, especially from the media, which portrayed the government as wanting to build a narcotic industry.
‘When you go through the Parliament debates, we discussed intensely about this industry and I am happy to say that the public and our economic community did not fall for the scepticism.’