Malta: Launch of the first Cannabis Harm and Harm Reduction Association
The first country in Europe to approve medical legalization, has officially started the activity of selling legal cannabis for recreational purposes. The cultivation and sale of cannabis is carried out by “cannabis clubs” officially called “cannabis harm reduction associations”.
Malta’s first Cannabis Harm Reduction Association (CHRA) is now “fully operational”, the Authority for the Responsible Use Of Cannabis (ARUC) has announced. CHRA 002 began distributing cannabis to its registered adult members after obtaining a business license in October 2023.
In recent weeks, today's announcement states that it has “passed all mandatory laboratory tests of theCURA, including phytocannabinoid profile, micro-organic analyte, bacteria, yeast and mold count, mycotoxins, heavy metal analyte, water activity and moisture content, dirt and foreign materials”, ensuring that cannabis grown and distributed within Cannabis Harm Reduction Associations is free of unwanted contaminants. Cannabis flowers grown, packaged and distributed by CHRAs are identifiable by the unique CURA label and seal.
“Cannabis Harm Reduction Associations are the ONLY entities authorized to cultivate and distribute non-medical cannabis with more than 0,2% THC,” CURA clarified, welcoming that one year after the Standards Setting Convention For a non-profit approach from seed to distribution of cannabis, CHRAs have now begun to operate in a highly regulated manner, based on a public health and harm reduction approach.
The announcement then included important reminders on how to recognize cultivated cannabis flowers, which are clearly marked and approved by CURA.
Malta’s First Legal Cannabis Club Begins Operations
The KDD Society has started distributing cannabis to its registered members, the industry watchdog announced. KDD Society, which was granted a business license in October 2023, has passed all mandatory laboratory tests, the Authority for the Responsible Use of Cannabis (ARUC) said Tuesday.
Officially called 'Cannabis Harm Reduction Associations', the clubs are the only way for people to legally purchase cannabis since Malta became the first EU member state to legalize the use of the drug.
The authority said its testing ensured cannabis grown and distributed by clubs was “free of unwanted contaminants” and reminded the public that legal cannabis should be distributed in containers with the CURA label.
These tests included a 'phytocannabinoid profile', which is a test for cannabinoid content and potency. The authority also tested the drug for micro-organic analyte, bacteria, yeast and mold count, mycotoxins, heavy metal analyte, water activity and moisture content, as well as dirt and foreign matter.
The authority said it was “satisfied” that a year after the rules for clubs were established, a registered association had started operating “in a highly regulated manner, based on a public health and harm reduction approach. ”
Referring to the association by its registration number CHRA 002, the authority said it had passed all mandatory laboratory tests and reminded social media users that legal cannabis should be distributed in containers with a CURA label and seal.
To join and purchase cannabis in Malta, you must be a Maltese resident.
This news comes three months after KDD and another association obtained a business license, allowing them to legally grow and sell cannabis.
In an interview with Times of Malta days after the announcement, KDD Society president Kenneth Ellul said the application process had been “stressful.”