After a slight ignition delay, the Maltese Cannabis Authority has finally communicated the criteria for opening a Cannabis Club in Malta.
The application procedure will be open from February 28. The Minister Delegate for Reforms, Rebecca Buttigieg, together with the Authority for Responsible Cannabis Use, Leonid McKay, stressed that it was the first legal framework of its type in Europe, noting that it was of a “pioneering” legal approach.
Here’s everything you need to know about Maltese Cannabis Clubs.
How to open a Cannabis Club in Malta?
You will have to pay at least €1,000 to apply for the opening of a Cannabis Club in Malta. Approval will be based on a dossier and an interview. Any license granted will be valid for one year. Each organization needs two founders, who do not need Maltese nationality. Club directors must, however, have been Maltese residents for at least five years.
Each Cannabis Club will be responsible for the entire cannabis supply chain, from seed to sale. Clubs will be required to grow their own cannabis and may not purchase it from a third party or another Club.
Each club must already have a place to apply as well as a cultural space, indoor or outdoor, without public visibility. Grow sites will need to meet certain criteria, such as a dedicated CCTV system and a ventilation system.
Seeds will be obtainable in the European Union as well as other approved jurisdictions. There will be no limit to the number of seeds that can be purchased.
All clubs must be located 250 meters from schools and youth centers, but can also be set up in residential areas.
Clubs will not be able to advertise cannabis, and club names that include any form of promotional term – for example Happy Cannabis Smoke Malta – may be rejected for promotional reasons.
Clubs should strive to sell their cannabis at a lower price than the black market. There will be no price cap and no THC cap. However, there will be no pre-rolled joints for sale. Clubs will also be able to sell cannabis-related gear, like grinders, and can serve drinks, but not alcohol.
Each club may hold up to 500 grams on its premises. Cannabis quantity caps will be determined by the number of members of each club, with the cap increasing as the number of members increases.
Each club may have a maximum of 500 members, with an individual being a member of only one club at a time.
A percentage of the registration fee will be dedicated to risk reduction. A tax will be paid on the profits made. Discussions are still ongoing with the VAT Commissioner as to whether VAT will be applied to cannabis.
Anyone found to be in breach of any of the above rules and criteria will be warned by warning letters before taking action by suspending or revoking the club license and confiscating the goods.