Psychiatrists oppose cannabis legalisation

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Legalising recreational cannabis would be giving out a very “unhealthy and contradictory message”, mental health practitioners have argued.

The Maltese Association of Psychiatry and the OASI foundation, which provides drug and community services, said stronger policies guiding enforcement was needed.

“The state was responsible to give clear messages to the general public, but studies showed cannabis use had counterproductive effects on memory, concentration and sensorimotor activities,” the groups said.

The organisations also said they were concerned with the increased availability of drugs. Treatment demand indicators show an increase in recreational drugs, mostly cocaine and cannabis.

The groups said there was a decrease in onset heroin

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