Anti-drug activists say more youths are now smoking hemp since the legalisation of industrial hemp last year and have since asked the government to put in place controlling measures.
Nelson Zakeyu of Drug Fight Malawi says a research which his organisation undertook recently shows that half of the youth in Malawi are now on marijuana since parliament passed the law to legalise the growing of industrial hemp.
Industrial hemp is different from indian hemp in that industrial hemp is used for making things from cosmetics to clothes.
“Half of the youth are now smoking indian hemp in public, in open places in football matches, bus depots or colleges, even in full view of the police. They think the government has legalised indian hemp,” he said.
Zakeyu said the government should engage in massive civic education and sensitization meetings on the issue before the matter gets out of hand.
Information minister Nicholas Dausi says the government is putting in place measures that would put the situation under control.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :