New authority to be established on the use of cannabis

The Minister for Equality, Research and Innovation, Owen Bonnici, announced that there is to be a 40% increase in the financial allocation for equality and innovation when compared to last year’s Budget. As a result of this, 22 new projects will be announced aimed at providing a better quality of life.

Dr Bonnici said that in the coming days a Parliamentary discussion will commence on the legal basis related to the use of cannabis including the creation of an authority which will carry various obligations both regulatory and educational. Regarding equality he said priority will be given to cases of domestic violence to create a better awareness of the damage it creates as well as the sexualisation of women. He also said an Empowerment for Diversity Project is to be launched and will include research into the discrimination against LGBTIQ persons.