Malta’s enlightened method to cannabis has set it on course for a cannabis boom which could enhance the total worth of its exports by 30%.

Australian firm MGC Pharmaceuticals is the most recent firm to sign a deal with the government in Malta which will see it develop an 11 million Euro healthcare cannabis manufacturing plant. The firm says it also plans to use its Maltese base for study and improvement and it will act as a gateway to European and international markets.

20 Projects Authorized

Malta decriminalized cannabis in 2013, and legalized healthcare cannabis in March, 2018 and has given that produced substantial strides in becoming a major player in the emerging European market place. In an interview with Well being Europa Marion Zammit of Malta Enterprise confirmed that 20 projects had been authorized by Malta Enterprise up to the finish of Could this year.

She went on to say these integrated Canadian, Australian and U.S. firms. In June, final year Aphria’s Malta subsidiary, ASG Pharma, received an import license from The Malta Medicines Authority. Malta Enterprise has granted Canadian firm Aurora approval for a seed-to-pharma operation in partnership with nearby firm Cherubino.

Huge Increase To Exports

While Toronto firms MPXI and Supreme and U.S. firm Columbia Care, are also amongst the 20 authorized projects. Ms Zammit went on to say that when all authorized projects are in operational it ‘will supplement exports by an further 30%’, adding: “We are developing a new sub-niche in the manufacturing sector and this in turn will make our economy a lot more robust.”

Malta, a compact Mediterranean island with a population of significantly less than half a million, has a sturdy sophisticated manufacturing and pharmaceutical base which fits effectively with the cannabis sector. It promotes itself as getting in an ‘ideal geographic place capable of  bridging continents’, with English getting the language of option for small business. 

A European Cannabis Beacon

MGC Pharmaceuticals founder and director Nativ Segev stated its move enables it to be a ‘part of Malta’s drive to turn into a beacon in Europe for the development and improvement of this industry’. Economy Minister Chris Cardona stated the investment was only achievable thanks to the lately enacted legislation which enables for cannabis to be made for healthcare and study purposes. 

“Having been the very first nation in the E.U. to deliver a regulatory framework, we have been in a position to attract the finest investment to our nation, with the sector currently contributing to financial development,” he stated.