In a groundbreaking development, the first operational licenses for cannabis harm reduction associations have been officially granted to two organizations, KDD Society and Ta’ Zelli. This exciting news was announced during a press conference by Leonid McKay, the Executive Chairperson of the Authority for The Responsible Use of Cannabis (ARUC). This means these associations are now authorized to cultivate their own cannabis, marking a significant milestone in the cannabis industry.
Upon receiving the licenses in October, KDD Society and Ta’ Zelli can now initiate the process of cultivating cannabis for their members. The cannabis undergoes rigorous testing by ARUC before being made available to the association members. The introduction of these operational licenses paves the way for the distribution of high-quality, safe cannabis products to the members of these associations.
Regarding the pricing of cannabis products, McKay emphasized that ARUC will not interfere in setting the prices. However, he mentioned that the prices are expected to be competitive with those in the black market. This move aims to provide accessible and affordable cannabis to the members while discouraging illegal activities related to cannabis.
In addition to KDD Society and Ta’ Zelli, four more associations have secured an in-principle license and are currently in the advanced stages of obtaining their operational licenses. This signals a growing acceptance and support for responsible cannabis use within the community.
McKay emphasized ARUC’s commitment to preventing the commercialization of cannabis. The authority is dedicated to ensuring that cannabis is used responsibly and safely, aligning with their harm reduction goals. Anyone not sharing the same objectives as ARUC will not be allowed to collaborate with the authority, underlining their dedication to responsible cannabis practices.
Reflecting on this significant development, Rebecca Buttigieg, the parliamentary secretary for reforms, described Tuesday’s announcement as a historic moment. She reiterated the government’s strong stance against drug trafficking, emphasizing that such illegal activities will never be tolerated. This firm commitment to combating drug-related crimes highlights the government’s dedication to ensuring a safe and regulated cannabis industry for the benefit of society.