In a surprising development the conservative African country of Zimbabwe will now allow the legal cultivation of Marijuana. After Lesotho it is the second African country to take the controversial step.
The government of Zimbabwe will now issue five-year licenses for the production and sell of marijuana for medical or research use.
According to the regulations the licenses will clear growers to possess, transport and sell fresh cannabis, cannabis oil, and dried product, under Statutory Instrument 62 of 2018.
In case of an individual, proof of citizenship or proof of being ordinarily resident in Zimbabwe or proof of an exemption by the Minister will be required.
In the case of a company, proof of citizenship or proof of being ordinarily resident in Zimbabwe of the majority of directors or proof of an exemption by the Minister and proof of incorporation in Zimbabwe of the company.
Ghana has also revealed that a bill to decriminalize the use of marijuana has been tabled before parliament. Under the proposal, marijuana users and those addicted to the drug will receive medical care and rehabilitation, rather than prosecution.
Now, the World Health Organizations Expert Committee on Drug Dependence conducted an initial review of Cannabidiol, a cannabis compound, with increased interest from member states on its use in palliative care. The Committee posted a positive review, declaring the compound non addictive.
Uruguay, Holland, the USA and many other countries are also legalizing Marijuana in order to raise taxes upon the use of the herb.
This is Africa / Crickey Conservation Society 2019.