Psychotherapist Mariella Dimech appointed president of new cannabis authority


Psychotherapist Mariella Dimech has been appointed executive chair of the new cannabis authority.

In a statement released on Monday, the government said Dimech would lead the Authority on the Responsible Use of Cannabis. His mandate will last three years.

Malta legalized the cultivation and possession of cannabis last month, becoming the first country in the EU to do so.

The new body acts as a regulator for nonprofits that are now licensed to grow and distribute cannabis to licensed members.

He is also in charge of educational campaigns.

Who is Mariella Dimech?

Dimech has worked with the Caritas detoxification service for 21 years, ten of which saw his work as a coordinator of all Tama dida radio programs and services, with the aim of providing support to drug victims and their families.

As a coordinator, she was responsible for creating clinical programs for all departments in the organization.

For six years she led the Therapeutic Community of San Blas.

The government said under his leadership the concept of residential treatment for drug victims had been introduced.

Dimech has been running a private clinic for 12 years.

She has also conducted studies on substance abuse and the challenges surrounding this area.

The government said Dimech would oversee the work to ensure the authority is ready to receive its first applications for association registration without undue delay.

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The other members of the board

Janice Formosa Pace is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Youth and Community Studies at the University of Malta.

Throughout her career, she has also worked as a probation officer and as an educator in denominational and government schools.

Nadine Brincat is a psychotherapist. For several years she worked with Caritas as a psychotherapist for individuals or groups in the field of addictions. She also has experience in marketing.

She is also a Certified Addiction Awareness Mental Health Professional (CAIMHP) accredited by the Institute of Certified Addictions-Informed Professionals (ICAIP).

Sina Bugeja was Director General of Special Projects in the Ministry of Health, Director General of the Foundation for Social Services, Executive Director of the National Commission for the Promotion of Equality and Director General of Sedqa.

Since 1997, she has been teaching as a lecturer in health promotion and health education in various courses in several faculties, including the Faculty of Health Sciences and the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery of the University. from Malta.

She is a member of the Malta Institute of Management, the Royal Society for Public Health (fellow), the Today Public Policy Institute, the University of Malta Council, the Richmond Foundation Board of Trustees and the Board of Trustees by Fondazzjoni Sebħ.

Marius Caruana is a doctor of medicine, with a specialization in family medicine.

Caruana is also the senior doctor in Ħal Far Immigration Reception Center and Migrant Health Services. He is a member of the Committee for the Prevention of Torture or Punishment within the Council of Europe.

Charles Cassar is a psychotherapist.

He is, among others, Chairman of the Board of the Psychotherapy Professions Board Malta, Chairman of the Maltese Psychotherapy Association (MAP) and Vice-Chairman of the European Psychotherapy Association.

Throughout his career, he was the Chief of Santa Maria Care (Drug Rehab.) And also Director of the YMCA.

Gabriel Farrugia is a lawyer whose main areas of current practice are civil law, public procurement and commercial law. In recent years he has worked on drafting a number of laws.

Paul Micallef is a clinical psychologist specializing in drug addiction.

He is also an Executive Coach and Mentor (UK Institute of Leadership and Management), Associate Member of the British Psychological Society, Chartered Psychologist (UK) and Member of the Addictions Advisory Board (Malta).

He has worked in various countries, both within and outside of Europe, and has actively collaborated with the European NGO HOPE, Caritas and the Hospice movement.

Charles Scerri is the current director of Sedqa within the Foundation for Social Services.

Joe reno vella, a lawyer, will act as secretary of the Board.

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