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EQUALITY FROM THE HEART WWW.MALTATODAY.COM.MT SUNDAY • 29 OCTOBER 2023 • ISSUE 1252 • PUBLISHED EVERY WEDNESDAY AND SUNDAY Despite local plans, Dolmen Hotel set to get lido with two kiosks on promenade PAGE 10 Economists tell us what they expect from Monday's Budget PAGES 14 - 15 Remember to set your clocks back one hour What rules? Budget 2024 'Damning' MATTHEW FARRUGIA DESPITE the historic legislative changes Malta has seen with the le- galisation of cannabis its users are still experiencing stigma two years down the line. The stigma lingers even as two cannabis harm reduction associa- tions that will be able to legally sell cannabis to registered members are now in operational stage. While agreeing to speak on the re- cord, representatives from the two associations did not want their pic- tures published, which is testament to the ongoing stigma. One of them told MaltaToday this is common practise in order to "avoid any tar- geted personal attacks." maltatoday PAGE4 PAGE 2 Joseph Muscat (left) with Konrad Mizzi Stigma still lingers as legal cannabis market is round the corner Labour MPs fear grassroots backlash if inquiry points finger at Joseph Muscat KURT SANSONE AND KARL AZZOPARDI LABOUR MPs are fearing the worst from the ongoing magisterial inquiry into the hospitals deal that may recom- mend criminal action against former leader Joseph Muscat. There is a growing realisation with- in the parliamentary group that any damning conclusions will have seri- ous ramifications for the party and the country. This is the feeling that transpires from several confidential conversa- tions MaltaToday had with Labour backbenchers and ministers over the past week. They were granted anonym- ity to be able to speak freely about in- ternal matters. After the Appeals Court, last Monday confirmed the decision to annul the hospitals contract, the focus has now shifted to the inquiry led by Magistrate Gabriella Vella. Adrian Delia says government should resign on back of Court decision on hospitals deal INTERVIEW MT2 Steward hospitals deal €1.95

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