Il-Kunsill tal-Għarb u l-cannabis

epa02310452 A worker tends to cannabis plants at a growing facility for the Tikun Olam company near the northern Israeli town of Safed on 31 August 2010. In conjunction with Israel's Health Ministry, the company currently distributes cannabis or Marijuana for medicinal purposes to over 1,800 people to help relieve pain caused by various health conditions. EPA/ABIR SULTAN ISRAEL OUT

Qrajna l-bieraħ li l-Kunsill tal-Għarb qed jikkunsidra li jieħu passi legali kontra omm Daniel Holmes wara li hi għaddiet kumment dwar il-fejqan ta’ diversi persuni li ġew imfejqa minn Frenċ tal-Għarb. Omm Daniel Holmes kienet ikkwotata li qalet li issa hu magħruf li dan il-fejqan sar permezz tal-użu tal-cannabis.

Issa jiena ma nafx jekk hux vera jew le li Frenċ ta’ Għarb kellu konoxxenza tal-kwalitajiet terrapewċi tal-cannabis. Imma din mhiex ħaġa kbira, għax, minn dak li nafu dwaru kellu konoxxenza profonda tan-natura b’mod partikolari tal-ħxejjex li jikbru fis-“selvaġ” li kien jagħmel użu tagħhom kontinwament biex ifejjaq.

In-natura fir-realtà tipprovdi l-kura għal ħafna mard u kundizzjonijiet li jkidduna u huwa għaqli kull min jagħraf dan.

Għalhekk, kieku jiena, xejn ma neħodha bi kbira aħbar bħal din li  ħarġet biha s-sinjura Holmes. Jekk inhi vera, din hi aħbar li żżid bil-bosta r-reputazzjoni ta’ Frenċ tal-Għarb. Għax mhux biss kien qabel żmienu, imma saħansitra kien iktar avvanzat mill-Gvernijiet ta’ Malta tal-bieraħ u tal-lum jekk kellu għarfien ukoll tal-kwalitajiet terrapewtiċi tal-cannabis.

Wasal iż-żmien li d-dikriminalizzazzjoni tad-droga għal użu personali nieħduha ftit iktar bis-serjetà bħalma għamlu bosta pajjiżi oħra qabilna. Hemm bżonn li niddiskutu iktar bis-serjetà l-kaz ta’ Daniel Holmes u tas-sentenza inġusta ta’ għaxar snin ħabs li weħel minħabba li kellu fil-pusess tiegħu, għall-użu personali, pjanti tal-cannabis.

Li qed tgħid is-sinjura Holmes hu li għad baqa’ ħafna x’nitgħallmu mingħand Frenċ tal-Għarb. Anke dwar il-cannabis.

 

 

 

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David iħobb lil “Mary Jane”

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David Camilleri, li fl-aħħar elezzjoni ġenerali kien kandidat ta’ Alternattiva Demokratika fuq Għawdex u iktar tard kandidat għall-Kunsill Lokali tal-Qala, f’post fuq facebook akkumpanjat b’ritratt tiegħu b’dik li tidher tixbah pjanta tal-kannabis, jilmenta li ħaduhielu. Ilmenta li qed iħoss sewwa n-nuqqas tagħha għax qal li kienet tfejqu mill-uġiegħ ta’ ras. Jirreferi għaliha bħal “Mary Jane”.

Is-sit elettroniku tal-gazzetta Illum, is-sit elettroniku tal-aħbarijiet iNews kif ukoll l-Orizzont ippubblikaw din l-aħbar bir-ritratt b’kollox. INews u L-Orizzont ippubblikaw ukoll kumment ta’ Arnold Cassola Chairman ta’ Alternattiva Demokratika. Il-kummenti tal-Illum huma sarkastiċi fil-konfront ta’ David Camilleri, jibbottjaw li forsi għandu skorfina nieqsa jew ftit maħlula.

Kif emfasizza tajjeb Arnold Cassola, Chairman ta’ Alternattiva Demokratika, billi l-każ jirrigwarda pjanta waħda tal-kannabis, AD ma għandha l-ebda diffikulta dwar dan, u dan minħabba li ilha żmien li ddikjarat ruħha favur id-dikriminalizzazzjoni tal-pussess ta’ droga għall-użu personali. AD ilha ukoll li iddikjarat ruħha favur l-użu mediċinali tal-kannabis. Għax il-kannabis hi droga bħalma hu droga t-tabakk. Bid-differenza li t-tabakk hu legali u fuqu tħallas it-taxxa tas-sisa.

Sfortunatament il-Gvern lablab wisq u għalkemm għamel passi l-quddiem, mexa ftit wisq fuq din l-issue.

Konformi ma dak li temmen, lil David Camilleri Alternattiva Demokratika mhux ser tikkundannah. Ngħid biss li meta jaf l-attitudnijiet konservattivi madwaru x’saħħa għandhom, David Camilleri qatt ma messu ta’ pubbliċità żejda lil din il-materja. Kien ikun ħafna aħjar li ħalla kollox kwiet, fil-privat, bejnu u “Mary Jane”. Kieku forsi min jaf, għadu bi kwietu.

Kienet baħnanata da parti ta’ David li ppubblika r-ritratt u l-kummenti fuq facebook.

Fiċ-Ċukaj għadhom lura

handcuffs

 

Meta taqra l-artiklu ta’ Ivan Fenech fit-Times tal-lum tirrealizza kemm għadhom lura fiċ-Ċukaj. Qiesu għandhom lin-Nazzjonalisti  fil-Gvern.

Fiċ-Ċukaj għadhom ma rrealizzawx li l-vittmi tad-droga protezzjoni jeħtieġu. Għadhom ma irrealizzawx li lill-vittmi tad-droga mhux lill-pulizija għandhom bżonn ma saqajhom iżda persuni b’impenn soċjali li jgħinuhom ifittxu triq aħjar li ma tagħmillhomx ħsara għal saħħithom.

Fiċ-Ċukaj għadhom jiddistingwu bejn l-alkohol u drogi oħra.

Fiċ-Ċukaj għadhom ma semgħux bil-progress kbir li sar fil-Portugall minn mindu iddikriminalizzaw l-użu tad-droga għal użu personali!

Għaċ-Ċukaj il-ħabs għadu soluzzjoni. Meta fir-realta’ hu parti mill-problema.

Id-droga: il-PN u d-dikriminalizzazzjoni

decriminalisation of drugs

 

Dal-għodu attendejt għal seminar organizzat mill-MŻPN fuq il-White Paper ippubblikata mill-Gvern dwar id-dikriminalizzazzjoni tad-droga għall-użu personali.

Kien hemm bosta interventi utli u studjati minn persuni impenjati.

Il-proposta ċentrali, kif spjegajt fl-intervent qasir tiegħi, hi biex is-soċjeta’ tibni mill-ġdid il-pontijiet mal-vittmi tad-droga. Dan billi tagħtihom l-għajnuna meta tibda tittrattahom ta’ vittmi u mhux ta’ kriminali.

Il-politika dwar id-droga, f’kull pajjiż, hi mibnija fuq 4 elementi: l-prevenzjoni, it-trattament, it-tnaqqis tal-ħsara (harm reduction) u l-kastig.

Sal-lum f’Malta iffukajna iktar fuq il-kastig. Bir-riforma proposta l-pussess sempliċi ta’ droga għall-użu personali mhux ser jibqa’ delitt u s-soċjeta’ tagħna ser tagħmel pass il-quddiem billi ma tibqax tikkunsidra lill-vittmi bħala kriminali. Dan ifisser li ser isir sforz u ser ikun possibli li jkunu dedikati iktar riżorsi biex il-vittmi tad-droga jingħataw iktar għajnuna biex minn l-iktar kmieni  jkun possibli li jgħarfu jrabbu iktar kuraġġ biex jaffrontaw il-problemi li jiffaċċjaw.

Alternattiva Demokratika taqbel ma dan u fil-fatt fil-Manifest Elettorali għall-Elezzjoni tal-2013 kienet l-unika partit politiku li poġġiet il-proposta tad-dikriminalizzazzjoni fuq l-agenda politika Maltija.

Irridu nitgħallmu mill-esperjenzi ta’ ħaddieħor. Għandna l-esperjenza tal-Portugall li 14-il sena ilu għamlu dan il-pass. Illum diġa bdew jaħsdu l-frott. In partikolari r-riċerka fil-Portugall ikkonkludiet li hemm tnaqqis sostanzjali fost iż-żgħażagħ bejn il-15 u l-24 sena li għamlu użu mid-droga.  Ġie rreġistrat ukoll tnaqqis sostanzjali f’mard assoċjat mat-teħid tad-droga.

Il-futur f’dan il-qasam fih possibilitajiet tajbin.

Nistennew issa x’posizzjoni ser jieħu l-PN u dan billi fid-diskors ippreparat tiegħu il-Kap tal-Opposizzjoni Simon Busuttil qagħad attent ħafna li jitkellem kontra li l-vittmi tad-droga  jintbagħtu l-ħabs. Imma fl-ebda ħin ma kien ċar dwar id-dikriminalizzazzjoni. Fil-fatt qagħad attent li ma jgħid xejn dwar dan. Ovvjament dan hu l-istil tiegħu minħabba li probabilment illi d-diskussjoni interna fil-Partit Nazzjonalista għadha għaddejja.

Jekk fil-fatt id-diskussjoni fil-PN tiġix fi tmiemha għad irridu naraw. Dak li iddeċieda l-PN fil-passat riċenti dwar id-divorzju u dwar id-drittijiet tal-persuni LGBT m’huwiex awgurju tajjeb dwar x’għandna nistennew.

Imma dak, wara kollox, li tista’ tistenna minn partit konservattiv. Nistennew u naraw.

 

Ara ukoll fuq dan il-blog: Alternattiva Demokratika Position Paper on Reform in Drug Policy

 

Jekk trid il-bidla trid tivvota għaliha

 

 

decriminalisation of drugs

 

iNews il-bieraħ irrapporta li huma biss 14% tal-Maltin li jaqblu mad-dikriminalizzazzjoni tad-droga għall-użu personali. iNews kienu qed jirrappurtaw studju tal-Eurobarometer għall-Kummissjoni Ewropeja fl-okkazjoni tal-Jum Internazzjonali kontra l-Abbuż mid-Droga.

14% biss.

Alternattiva Demokratika hu l-uniku partit politiku li fl-elezzjoni ġenerali tal-2013 kellu programm elettorali li tkellem b’mod ċar favur id-dikriminalizzazzjoni tad-droga għall-użu personali.

La l-Partit Nazzjonalista u l-anqas il-Partit Laburista ma għamlu dan.  Mhux biss. Iżda kull meta kelliema ta’ Alternattiva Demokratika irreferew għad-dikriminalizzazzjoni tad-droga, dawn kien jevitaw li jwieġbu u ġeneralment kienu jitkellmu fuq xi ħaġa oħra.

Fil-fatt fil-Manifest Elettorali tal-AD, fil-Kapitlu 3, intitolat L-Alkohol u drogi oħra jingħad hekk:

Għandna naħdmu sabiex tonqos il-pressjoni li twassal persuni sabiex jirrikorru għad-drogi kemm dawk legali u dawk illegali. Għalina d-droga mhix biss problema ta’ liġi u ordni iżda hi prinċipalment problema li għandha għeruq soċjali fondi. Fil-fatt l-alkoħol, il-kalmanti u s-sigaretti, minkejja li huma legali, joħolqu dipendenza u problemi b’implikazzjonijiet soċjali serji.

L-użu personali tad-drogi għandu jigi dekriminalizzat. Vittmi tad-droga għandhom jitqiesu bħala nies li jeħtieġu għajnuna, u mhux bħala kriminali. Fl-istess ħin, dekriminalizzazzjoni tiżgura wkoll li dawk li jużaw id-drogi għal skop rikreattiv, inkluż dawk li jikkultivaw id-drogi ħfief għall-użu personali, ma jigux kriminalizzati minħabba l-mod ta’ għixien tagħhom.”

Il-parti l-kbira ta’ l-14% tal-votanti Maltin li jaqblu mad-dikriminalizzazzjoni tad-droga għall-użu personali għażlu li ma jivvutawx għal AD, għax AD ġiebet 1.8% tal-voti. 12.2% tal-votanti Maltin tilfu opportunita tad-deheb li jkunu rappreżentati minn partit politiku li jaqbel magħhom.

Il-vot tagħhom mhux biss kien jiswa’ iżda kien jagħmel id-differenza għax 14% tal-voti kienu jissarfu f’bejn wieħed u ieħor 10 siġġijiet Parlamentari. U meta tqis li d-differenza bejn il-Gvern u l-Opposizzjoni fil-Parlament illum hi ta’ 9 siġġijiet, altru li kien ikun hemm differenza.

L-14% li jaqblu mad-dikriminalizzazzjoni tad-droga għall-użu personali tilfu opportunita’ tad-deheb.

Hu l-mument li kulħadd jaħseb ftit. Jekk trid il-bidla trid tivvota għaliha. Ma sseħħ l-ebda bidla mingħajr il-vot tiegħek.

L-użu mediku tal-ħaxixa

cannabis

Il-bieraħ fil-Parlament, waqt l-aġġornament, it-Tabib Godfrey Farrugia li sa ftit ilu kien Ministru tas-Saħħa għamel diskors importanti dwar l-użu mediku tal-ħaxix – il-kannabis.

Id-diskors tiegħu ġie riprodott fl-Independent u iNews  . 

Nieħu pjaċir li t-Tabib Farrugia ħareġ b’dawn l-ideat. Ideat li jisfidaw il-preġudizzji u l-kontroversja.

Huwa tajjeb iżda li nfakkar li fil-programm elettorali ta’ Alternattiva Demokratika għall-elezzjoni ġenerali tal-2013 hemm preċiżament din l-istess proposta li għamel it-Tabib Farrugia.

“L-użu tal-kannabis għal raġunijiet mediċi għandu jkun regolarizzat.” [ara Manifest AD Kapitlu 3, intitolat Alkoħol u Drogi oħra]

Id-diskussjoni dwar id-drogi għandha tibda issir bis-serjeta’ f’dan il-pajjiż. Huwa verament ħasra li Alternattiva Demokratika biss, fost il-partiti politiċi fittxet li tagħmel dan. Id-diskors ta’ Godfrey Farrugia huwa xhieda li dan hu possibli li jsir. Kemm dwar l-użu mediku tal-ħaxixa kif ukoll dwar il-ħtieġa urġenti ta’ programm ta’ dikriminalizzazzjoni tad-droga għal użu personali. Hemm ħafna x’nitgħallmu minn dak li għamlu pajjiżi oħra.

Mill-ġdid, prosit Godfrey.

Alternattiva Demokratika Position Paper on Reform in Drug Policy

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Paper Presented to the Justice Reform Commission by Robert Callus

AD Spokesman on Social Policy

All countries in the world use a combination of 4 measures to tackle the even increasing drug problem. These are: Prevention, treatment, harm reduction and punishment.

Unfortunately most countries (including Malta) have so far focused too much on punishment at the expense of the other three. The biggest problem with punishing drug users is not only that it uses financial and human resources that could have been used for the other three measures but also that it directly interferes in their success rate.

The Portuguese model is so successful mostly for this reason. Hard drug use, crime and transmitted diseases would not have significantly decreased if it just decriminalized personal use (remove punishment.) What Portugal did was take this opportunity to strengthen the other three more successful measures in combating this problem.

Prevention

Most drug users start at a young age, mostly in their early and mid-teens.

There is a surmounting amount of research on why some young people take drugs (and/or become addicted on them) and some don’t. For instance self esteem, vulnerability to peer pressure, stability in the family are the most common of variables that indicate whether a person is at more risk than others.

However, as simple as this may seem, there is one common reason that comes out clear from  any research available or even from a short conversation with a drug user: These people use drugs because they believe they need them. (The only possible exception to this rule of thumb is in the case of people who have used drugs occasionally due to peer pressure only. However these people are the least likely to become drug addicts and one should be more concerned about the rest)

Be it to overcome shyness, depression, anxiety, or tiredness, drug users – especially the ones who go on to become addicts – feel, at that point in time that the pros of overcoming that negative feeling are higher than the cons of using the drugs.

On the other hand, as is made clear in the Global Commission Report on Drug Policy, http://www.globalcommissionondrugs.org/reports/ fear of the law (unlike fear of addiction) is not a common deterrent for young people not to take drugs.

Thus in order to prevent as many people as possible from commencing drug use society needs to focus on our children’s coping mechanisms because if that fails, they
are very likely to try to cope with drugs, irrespective of whether they legal or not.

Treatment

According to Hazelden’s drug treatment organization  www.hazelden.org   (whose extensive work on the 12 step model is widely used with very successful results today including in our own OASI rehabilitation centre), drug addiction is a disease and should be treated as a disease by policy makers.

And like HIV or cancer won’t go away if you threaten the afflicted with punishment, neither will drug addiction.

Thus, our first goal is to get as many addicts as possible realize that they actually need to be treated. Once again this is what Portugal managed to do with successful results.

Since decriminalization, if a person is caught with drugs for personal use in Portugal, all he is obliged to do is one thing: Be interviewed by a Commission for the Dissuasion of Drug Addiction which consists of a social worker, a psychiatrist and an attorney. Though the Commission does have limited powers (including giving a fine of up to 150 Euro if a person refuses treatment) its main aim is to give advice and if need be invite people to seek further help. http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/drug-decriminalization-policy-pays

The rationale behind this is that while society has literally “lost” every person arrested for drug possession by placing him on the wrong side of the law, through this system, a substantial amount of these people realize that they do need help and that society is offering it.

Instead of burning bridges with drug addicts, it works on building them.

Once again, the increase in demand for treatment services, is financed by money that would have otherwise been spent on prosecuting drug addicts.

Harm Reduction

Some addicts, either just can’t quit (once again this depends on numerous variables such as age of onset of drug use, social support networks, childhood traumas etc) or do not consider it the right time to do so.

While complete abstinence should always be the ideal to be reached, the concept of harm reduction is that “if you’re still going to use, at least do it in the least harmful manner, for yourself and others”.

Malta already practices harm reduction such as through free syringe distribution and methadone maintenance programmes.

More could be done especially if more resources are allocated. The possibility of prescribed heroin for long-term addicts as practiced in the UK and Switzerland should also be explored (the substances added to street heroin are usually more harmful than the heroin itself).

Aside from the financial aspect, criminalizing drug addicts is also working against harm reduction in a psychological sense. If that same society that’s telling you that you’re a criminal and should be punished is the same one telling you on the need for clean syringes or that many diseases can be also transmitted from the spoon (on which the heroin is cooked) apart from the syringe, you’re less likely to take that advice.

Conclusion

I hope that in this brief position paper I have provided enough arguments to show we need to move towards a more humane policy towards drug use and addiction. Not only because it’s morally the right thing to do but also because it is more successful.

We should not fool ourselves that the day will come when we win the war on drugs. Drugs are here to stay. But if we do move away from a more populist policy that may provide a feel good factor by temporarily removing people from the streets to behind bars but has so miserably failed, towards one that an abundant amount of research shows to actually reduce drug addiction and the problems they create we can make a significant step forward in tackling this serious and escalating problem.

26 July 2013

Snippets from AD’s electoral manifesto: (29) Drugs: decriminalisation

Recreational cannabis use could be legal after the votes

The following extract is taken verbatim from Chapter 3 of AD’s Electoral Manifesto

Personal use of drugs should be decriminalised. The victims of drug addiction and dependency are to be considered as persons in need of help and not as criminals. At the same time, decriminalisation also ensures that recreational drug users, including those who cultivate soft drugs for personal use, are not criminalised for their lifestyle.

The decriminalisation of the use of drugs means that whoever is caught with an amount of drugs for personal use should not be considered to be a criminal, and a victim of drug addiction and dependency should be considered as a person in need of help and not as a person that has to be punished. This means that the victims of drugs need professional help and not punishment. One must stress that persons that are today sent to jail because of drugs for personal use, can easily end up as compulsive heavy drug users or be introduced to circles of callous criminal rings when they mix with convicts that either make use of or actually traffic drugs in prison.

L-Estratt segwenti hu meħud kelma b’kelma mill-Kapitlu 3 tal-Manifest Elettorali ta’ Alternattiva Demokratika

L-użu personali tad-drogi għandu jigi dekriminalizzat. Vittmi tad-droga għandhom jitqiesu bħala nies li jeħtieġu għajnuna, u mhux bħala kriminali. Fl-istess ħin, dekriminalizzazzjoni tiżgura wkoll li dawk li jużaw id-drogi ghal skop rikreattiv, inkluż dawk li jikkultivaw id-drogi ħfief għall-użu personali, ma jigux kriminalizzati minħabba l-mod ta’ għixien tagħhom.

Li l-użu tad-drogi jkun dekriminalizzat ifisser li min jinqabad bid-droga għall-uzu personali ma jkunx ikkunsidrat bħala kriminali, u li min ikun vittma tad-droga, ikun ikkunsidrat bħala persuna li għandha bzonn l-għajnuna u mhux bħala persuna li teħtieġ tkun ikkastigata. Dan ifisser li l-vittmi tad-droga jeħtieġu għajnuna professjonali, u mhux kastig. Għandu jkun enfasizzat li persuni li illum qed jintbagħtu l-ħabs minħabba l-użu personali ta’drogi, jistgħu faċilment jispiċċaw jieħdu drogi aktar qawwija jew jidħlu fi ċrieki kriminali meta jitħalltu ma’ nies li jieħdu jew imexxu id-drogi fil-ħabs stess.

You know where we stand

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You know where we stand. This statement distinguishes Alternattiva Demokratika, the Green party in Malta, from the other political parties. Greens in Malta are, and have always been, clear as to the political agenda which they champion. In contrast, there are a number of issues on which both the Nationalist Party and the Labour Party are silent or evasive.

One important issue will be missing from AD’s 2013 electoral manifesto for the first time since the 1992 general election. I am referring to proposals for the introduction of divorce legislation. The PN and the PL always shied away from taking a stand on divorce. They were, however, faced with the inevitable when PN maverick MP Jeffrey Pullicino Orlando, (later joined by Labour MP Evarist Bartolo) took a leaf out of AD’s 2008 electoral manifesto and presented a Private Member’s Bill on divorce. The Bill was approved after the need for divorce legislation was endorsed by popular support expressed in a referendum notwithstanding the resistance of a number of fundamentalist MPs.

Much has been written about the matter but it is necessary at this point in time to underline that on this basic issue both the PN and the PL failed to be clear with the electorate. They tried to avoid the issue to pander to fundamentalist sentiment.

AD has always been very clear on the issues it supports or opposes. It will remain so.

Today, AD will present to the public its team of candidates, which, once more, will be contesting all 13 electoral districts in the March 2013 general election. Eventual Green members of Parliament will ensure a responsible approach to the country’s challenges.

Instead of political pique and unnecessary confrontation, Green MPs will advocate a policy of consensus based on consistency, responsibility and progressive politics.

Greens in Malta will continue to be the strongest defenders of what is left of Malta’s environmental heritage and will strive towards having public spaces that are accessible to all.

Greens, in contrast to the others, have already proven themselves of not being hostage to big business, hunters, trappers, firework fanatics, Armier squatters and greedy land developers.

We insist on the need for sustainable policies. With over 70,000 vacant dwellings resulting from a land use policy that is anything but sustainable, Greens in Parliament after the March 2013 election will champion the immediate reversal of the rationalisation exercise that has extended unnecessarily the permissible development boundaries.

Water has been mismanaged over the years such that the water table is severely depleted and treated sewage effluent is discarded, being considered as a waste product rather than as an important resource. In the long term, all boreholes in private use should cease to be operational and steps have to be taken to ensure that it is clear to all that the water table is public property.

In contrast to the above, the PN and the PL have taken an ambivalent attitude towards the environment. They bend backwards making efforts to be pleasant to environmentalists, yet, simultaneously echo the demands of those who have been plundering natural resources.

Greens have always stood up for animal rights.

Greens call for socially just economic and social policies, such as the need to increase the minimum wage as well as socially just pensions, including adequate disability pensions. To counter speculation and to discourage the unsustainable use of property, Greens propose taxing vacant properties, from the third property onwards.

AD will continue to be the progressive party, championing humane social policies and equal rights for all: persons with disability, LGBT persons as well as alternative families.

AD is for gender equality, in favour of the right of access to IVF without discrimination, full equality in marriage and family rights for same-sex couples. AD is against all forms of discrimination, including that based on race.

AD will advocate the decriminalisation of drugs for personal use while insisting on the necessity that society helps drug victims to overcome their addiction rather than criminalise them.

Green MPs will be ready to work with MPs from other political parties on the basis of an agreed joint programme and will work to ensure its implementation when in Parliament.

As a minor partner, Greens will strive to develop politics by consensus, conscious that this is a prerequisite essential to the creation of a stable political environment.

Voting for AD is a vote for change in the method of governance that has been corrupted by the two-party system. If you believe in giving priority to social justice, civil rights, environmental justice, sustainable development, ecological modernisation, and, last but not least, the reform in the institutional set-up for the enhancement of democracy, you know where you stand with the Greens.

Voting for the PN and PL signifies voting for a stagnant two-party system.

AD can deliver change. The other parties cannot: they are compromised.

You know where we stand.

published originally in Times of Malta on January 12, 2013

Magħna taf fejn qiegħed

new identity

 Il-ġimgħa d-dieħla nisimgħu s-suffara li ssejjaħ elezzjoni ġenerali.

Alternattiva Demokratika ser terġa tkun hemm fuq id-Distretti kollha. F’uħud b’kandidat wieħed, f’oħrajn b’iktar.

Il-programm elettorali ta’ Alternattiva Demokratika bħal dejjem ser ikun ċar fuq issues li partiti oħra jevitaw. Hekk ġara fil-passat dwar id-divorzju u r-riforma tal-liġijiet tal-kera. Il-partiti l-oħra evitaw dawn is-suġġetti fil-kampanja elettorali imma mbagħad kellhom jiffaċċawhom fil-Parlament.

Alternattiva Demokratika m’hi ostaġġ ta’ ħadd, għalhekk titkellem ċar.

AD tkompli tkun l-akbar difensur ta’ dak li baqa’ mill-wirt ambjentali Malti, tistinka għal aktar spazji pubbliċi u infrastruttura aħjar. AD mħiex ostaġġ tal-kaċċaturi u n-nassaba, l-iffissati fil-logħob tan-nar, l-abitanti illegali tal-Armier, u spekulaturi u żviluppaturi bla rażan. Issejjaħ għal politika sostenibbli dwar l-art u l-ilma, għal politika ekonomika progressiva, bħal żieda fil-paga minima u taxxa mit-tielet proprjetà vojta lil hinn.

AD hi favur politika soċjali umana u drittijiet ugwali għal kulħadd, fosthom il-minoranzi fil-politika soċjali u tal-familja, bħall-persuni b’diżabilità, il-persuni LGBT u kull tip ta’ familja. AD hi favur ugwaljanza bejn is-sessi, id-dekriminalizzazzjoni tad-drogi għall-użu personali, u l-għajnuna għall-vittimi tad-droga minflok kriminalizzazzjoni.

AD lesta biex taħdem ma’ ħaddieħor, skont programm konġunt maqbul. Taħdem biex dak miftiehem jitwettaq meta nkunu fil-Parlament. Bħala sieħeb minuri, AD tistinka biex tkun żviluppata il-politika bil-kunsens u ma theddidx li tgħaddi tagħha akkost ta’ kollox, konxja mill-fatt li dan iġib l-instabilità.

Vot għal Alternattiva Demokratika jkun vot għall-bidla fil-mod ta’ tmexxija u favur stabbilità.

Jekk temmen li għandhom jkunu fuq quddiem il-ġustizzja soċjali, id-drittijiet ċivili, il-ġustizzja ambjentali, l-iżvilupp sostenibbli, il-modernizzazzjoni ekoloġika u, fuq kollox, ir-riforma tal-istituzzjonijiet għat-tisħiħ tad-demokrazija, mela taf fejn qiegħed mal-Alternattiva Demokratika. Vot għall-PN jew għall-PL ifisser vot għas-sistema staġnata taż-żewġ partiti.

Jekk vera trid il-bidla, ivvota Alternattiva. Magħna taf fejn qiegħed.