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Home Affairs minister hints at cannabis legislative changes after arrest of young couple

Monday, 15 February 2021, 11:02 Last update: about 4 years ago

Home Affairs minister Byron Camilleri has hinted at changes to the law governing cannabis after the arrest of two youths in a hotel room over the weekend.

Camilleri was reacting to the arrest of a couple – a 21-year-old man and a 19-year-old woman – in a hotel room after they were found with a small bag of what is suspected to be cannabis and a half-smoked joint over the weekend.

Those caught in possession of up to 3.5 grams of cannabis for personal use are only subject to a fine, but it still does remain an arrestable offence.

Camilleri said on Facebook that as home affairs minister he needs to see that the police act in accordance with the spirit of the legislative changes made in recent years.

“More so, I am amongst those who believe and will work as a legislator towards changing more laws, even in such a manner that it won’t even be possible for cases such as these to happen”, he said.

On the other hand, he noted that he will not let anyone use a single case to interfere with the work of the police, which has an obligation to investigate any report that comes before it.

He said that the police has been performing very well in recent months to carry out operations against drugs, which have resulted in some major hauls and other smaller ones which still make a huge difference.

Fl-aħħar sigħat jien ukoll kelli numru ta’ mistoqsijiet dwar il-każ taż-żewġ żgħażagħ li kienu arrestati f’lukanda...

Posted by Byron Camilleri on Monday, February 15, 2021
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