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EQUALITY FROM THE HEART WWW.MALTATODAY.COM.MT SUNDAY • 19 NOVEMBER 2023 • ISSUE 1255 • PUBLISHED EVERY WEDNESDAY AND SUNDAY 65% believe the country has taken a a wrong turn despite Budget boost PAGES 14 - 15 The conditions that led to Bernice Cassar's murder are still present PAGE 7 Are PA guidelines for visual assessments being followed? PAGES 10 - 11 MT Survey Photomontage Abuse Israel-Hamas war KURT SANSONE THE pay packet being offered to educa- tors is "much higher" than the €110 mil- lion awarded in the 2017 sectoral agree- ment, Education Minister Clifton Grima has told MaltaToday. He insisted the government proposal fulfils the electoral pledge to 'substantially increase' pay packets for educators but de- clined to give any details. PAGE 2 maltatoday PAGE 3 Impasse in teachers' dispute persists HHC: The unregulated cannabis product popping up in retail outlets and vending machines Foreign minister Ian Borg on Malta's efforts to protect civilians in Gaza INTERVIEW MT2 MATTHEW FARRUGIA POP the money into the vending machine and down comes your electronic smoke containing HHC, a synthetic chemical that mimics the effects of cannabis. But HHC products in every form, from cookies to gummy bears and brownies, can be bought from food delivery plat- forms with no restrictions. Sources with knowledge of the drugs sector have witnessed a growing popu- larity of HHC products driven primar- ily by the ease with which these can be bought. The Authority for the Responsible Use of Cannabis (ARUC) has no legal remit to regulate these products. Indeed, HHC whose scientific term is hexahydrocan- nabinol is not regulated at law despite its psychoactive qualities because it contains less than 0.2% of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC is the chemical compound in can- nabis that give its users their high. Minister says offer on the table is 'much higher' than increases awarded five years ago Education minister Clifton Grima €1.95

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