Hemp’s legalisation debate gaining ground in Malawi

Economists and activists have added a positive voice to the calls for the legalisation of Indian hemp, saying Malawi stands to benefit much if it starts growing industrial hemp.

Kadzamira: Commercial use of Chamba

Kadzamira: Commercial use of Chamba

Ntchisi North parliamentarian Boniface Kadzamira stood in Parliament last week—that Malawi should legalise the growing and usage of hemp, to beef up the national economy.

Kadzamira argues that Malawi stood to gain a great deal from cultivating the plant legally, a much-sought-after commodity on the world market.

The Malawi Health Equity Network (Mhen), the Drug Fight Malawi have called for proper research on the proposal while prominent University of Malawi professor of economist, Ben Kalua, argues that industrial hemp fibres are used to manufacture a wide-range of items like textiles, cosmetics, specialised concrete applications and medicines.

He said industrial hemp has enormous potential as an agricultural crop, saying people don’t understand the economic benefits of industrial hemp because of the confusion caused with the illicit drug – Chamba or Marijuana.

Economic professor Ben Kaluwa: There are benefits

Economic professor Ben Kaluwa: There are benefits

Kalua, of Chancellor College in Zomba, said Malawi should grow the industrial hemp with a clear conscience.

“We are not the first to know about the uses of the product and, in fact, in the US the market was manipulated to outlaw hemp-related production by vested interests,” he said.

Mhen Executive Director Martha Kwataine has called for research on the issue on “whether the benefits will be more than the negatives.”

Kwataine also said although legalising Indian hemp can help to generate resources for the country, there is need to look into the cost of such a decision.

She said the hemp, which is cheap to grow, is a major contributor to people entering the country’s psychiatric hospitals.

“We may end up creating an environment where people are free to smoke Chamba and becoming mentally ill,” explained Kwataine.

Executive Director for Drug Fight Malawi Nelson Zakeyo called for evidence backed research, saying a lot of Malawians are abusing hemp as the cannabis drug.

But Kadzamira said he is promoting the non-narcotic herb.

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42 thoughts on “Hemp’s legalisation debate gaining ground in Malawi”

  1. Ndaona kut mtumbuka sazathekanso nde mwachidule tingogawana dziko,mtumbuka 1,kupha, 2,kuba 3,chiwerewere,4 katangale,4 nsanje,5 ufiti,mabodza,mukuona bwanji ma member ndi akanganya amenewa?

  2. “Musalorere mulungu” kuti chamba chikhale chololedwa pa nyasaland,pls

  3. Kkkkkkkk,which means tinkakuvoterani ndicholinga choti mutiphunzitse kusuta chamba?,inunso ma minister khale-khaleni kupamapeleka ma comment zimenezo?,kodi kutiona kupusa eti?

  4. Dziko la Malawi silizalemera pangavute bwanji,ndikutero just becox palibe mtsogoleri ndi mmodzi yemwe amene amalowa ndale with an aim yotukula dziko,koma kufuna kulemera pa iye yekha basi,ngati ndikunama ndi ndani mwa aphungu akunyumba ya malamuronu amene muli ovutika koma anthu amdera lanu nkukhala olemera?,ameneyo ndi phungu, nanga president nde?amphawife game over!,olo muchivomeleze chamba palibe,ndinu akuba basi,atsogoleri opanda maso mphenya ndi dziko lawo,dziko lakuonani kuti ndinu anthu oipa,

  5. temson chinjala says:

    MAN SHOULD NOT LIVE IN A LIFE WHERE WE BELIEVE THERE IS NO GOD ( JEHOVAH)if we think money is more important that human life we are useless .First we have been growing tobacco for 50 years what are the benefits ?. Malawi is the poorest country in the world, now instead of stopping doing the evil we believe the good thing let us add more. We are crazy people of this world when people smoke they get heart diseases, cancer and high blood pressure these are all serious diseases and according to WHO in 2012 one million people die every year. So are we not ashamed of contributing to death of other people and we expect with that evil we can develop a country, it is not possible because in this life there is GOD ( JEHOVAH ,BAMBO ) He will not allow us to prosper. Let us start doing good ,we should ban tobacco in Malawi YES SAYS MAN OF GOD.

  6. Game over says:

    Just legalise ngakhale mukuti mumakaniza koma osuta amachipeza mosavuta ngakhale chimene apolisi amagwira its only less than a quoter of what is grown lutani ku Kabuwa T/A Khosolo mukawone ma estate gha chamba you cant bealive one person can cultivate more than 5 hectres and the available market is there But if you want to go there and see be very careful other wise you may not come back

  7. Legalize CHAMBA and see how your sons and daughters will behave. 80% of the youth- between 12 and 30(yrs) will run mad. Here at Khosolo we just cultivate and sale. we don’t smoke. Banthu wakuhehemuka mbachoko chomene. If you want to spoil Malawi, legalize it. Kusewela na Chilwani mbuchindele wenecho.” Kauzganga ni fwiti yayi kweni tilinganenge”. If there are no mad people in Ntchisi, don’t legalize chamba. Or legalize it and build a mental hospital in Ntchisi.

  8. steve.jnr says:

    legalising it doesn’t mean every1 will automatically start using, if someone wants to smoke they’ll find ways to get the herb even when its illegal. Vuto ndi loti a Malawi ambili we think inside a box, most arguments being given against the “plant” are not evidence based. Read up!! Kuli internet kunjaku, besides akuti for industrial purposes, ikhala recreational use leave it for those who understand n respect the plant for what it is.

  9. Ineeeeeeoooooooooo says:

    Aaaaaa chamba kapena ayi!!!!!!! Ndale zakE zimEnezi sikuti Malawi angalEmele yayi tikudikila mzungu kudzatiwuza kuti kuba lekan!!!!!!! Or chamba alolE mudzangobayiba ndalamazo bas!!!!!! Mmmmxxxxiiiiiiiii!!!!!!!!!

  10. herb plants says:

    alcohol drink is the most killer drug seconded by tobacco products which gets government node completely. not even a single death ever since has been reported as being caused by Indian hemp. proved beyond researchers world above. it was believed that marriguan damaged brain cells and a study was done on monkeys for thirty joints in a day and the monkey started dying, further research showed that the monkeys dying was due to suffocation by the gas and mariguana has never killed in history.lets legally grow hemp

  11. Koma kadzamirayu ndiochuluka nzeru ndithu market wapeza kale ku jamaica hope so honorable member?

  12. Malawian Mom says:

    Please don’t legalize chamba,if you love our country. find other ways to make money. Just look around how small boys and girls are killing their own family. All this is because the kids are smoking chamber..Is this what you want for our Nation?

    We voted for you guys to be our voice and, not to impose chamba on us.

  13. Mashamase says:

    It’s big money for government , legalize it like Peter Tosh said

  14. Teacher says:

    Alcohol is legal in Malawi but the negatives outweigh the positives. We are a drunk society but alcohol is legal. Why not legalise kanundu for the many benefits? Already chamba chilipaliponse and sitonse amene timakoka. Ndipo sitonse amene tingayambe kusuta chifukwa chokuti mwapanga legalise. Amene amafuna kusutawo amasutabe momasuka even panopa. So just legalise it and if there are markets out there then good for us. We will earn something to squander and cashgate more. lol

  15. kachamba says:

    zilekeni zomera zikondwere….more herbs more life…

  16. kachamba says:

    chuma chili mnthaka, legalising it does nt mean any1 wil use it them using it wil stil b the onez using the staff…..chamba choncho

  17. Mphwache says:

    For all those not in the know, Tetrahydrocannabinoids (THC) is the ingredient that intoxicates in cannabis (Chamba). There are over 32 different types of Cannabis Sativa L, and industrial hemp(IH) is one of them, and it contains 0.3%-1.5% of THC, while Chamba as we know it contains above 5% THC. In reality you need over 16 ndudu of IH to get the same high as from one ndudu of Chamba, which means you would only get red eyes for your efforts.

    On the other hand, IH is a high value commercial crop, with more atleast 8 times more commercial value than tobacco for less effort. IH does not require fertiliser, or chemicals, and each and every part of the plant is marketable in its own right. Hemp was humans first industrial crop for over 10,000 years, until it was banned about a century ago. To get more info checkout, http://www.hempethics.weebly.com/industrial-vs-cannabis.html

  18. Jk says:

    Koma zowona anthu akuluakulu ngati inu mukukambilana za chamba kodi mwasuta chamba eti panopo anthu amasuta mobisa chifukwa its illegal to smoke it if people will begin to cultivate legally ndikukutsimikizilani ndi ana omwe azayamba kusuta mwaononga atsogoleri azaka zamsogolo azakhala achamba remember liquor sachets how it ended ngakhale mukakamile za chambazo dziko la malawi silingatukuke ma crook achuluka muchepetse kuba

  19. Djangoh says:

    That would be a yes for me. Hemp is locally found and am talking acres and tons of it, so why would the government not make a nickel out of it. Ligalised or not makethere will always be more than enough to pass around.
    Oh, one more thing what happened prostitution man. So many dudes are spending there hard earned money on them whores but the government ain’t getting no shit out of it, hey its high time you thought of taxing them whores…

  20. Mike siliya says:

    Eyaaaaa! Chitsutidye tsopano opanda cheucheu, ikhale yomweyo

  21. Adamson says:

    Koma zowona aphungu asiye kukambilana zaphindu azilimbana ndizahamba eti?
    Amene akuyamikirawo amadya chambacho kkkkkk

  22. Senta says:

    osanamizila misala – chamba chimapezeka paliponse pa Malawi and it is cheap, ikanakhala misala pano dziko lonse litapenga but not so many Malawians use it despite being readily available.
    Lets explore the opportunity!

  23. Nanga ntani says:

    Musanyoze nfundo ya chamba ngati simumagulisa, panopa chamba chikupezeka.paliponse ndipo aliyense ochifuna akumachipeza. Kumgoti boma ndilomwe limaluza cjifukwa silitolera nsokho kuzera ku malondawa.

  24. Mthandeni says:

    Chambers debate gaining ground but what about
    Federalism?many southerners are illiterate and once start cultivating hemp malawi will never
    develop

  25. Maggie Lucius says:

    Eish, the effects of poverty, poverty that has even gone into the heads of our legislators mpakana chamba a mangwetu??? Umphawi siwabwino ndithu

  26. alekekuba says:

    Do you have an external open market for this produce? Do you think you can waste taxpayers money kumakambirana za chamba? Are you representing the people or your persoanl addictions? Usiru eti?

  27. simmy says:

    komadi kumayesa zina kampopi tayesa zaka 50 no pindu,

  28. T/A says:

    Zothandiza, malo mofukula migodi, oil omwe ali panyanja lero mukufuna dziko mulowetse chiwewe.

    Shame on u Kazamira!

  29. Kwangwagwa says:

    Mwayamba kukambirana za chamba zoona?

  30. Chipewa says:

    Yes legalise it but with clear dos and donts!

  31. shaaaa! says:

    chilipo chokwana ma belo 10.kuti bwanji pamenepo?

  32. Tchinga Chisoni says:

    No waste time tiyen tiyambepo kulima

  33. Chigawenga says:

    Regalize it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Do’t critisize it

  34. Ifeyo says:

    Tiyenazoni…Bola osaiwalanso kuonjezera zipatala za Mental-zo

  35. Sunga says:

    If those in the know say that it has potential,what about the others who dont know but full of arguments about what they dont know.Let Malawi start growing the same and have forex. Dont think of madness.How many people would go for gay marriages if it was legal in Malawi?Certainly very few.How many would be smoking ganja if it was legal?Certainly very few.So dont exagerate.If The West tell us not to grow tobacco,we would do that.If they say grow chamba we would do the same.Dont wait for an ok or a no from these but let us do what is good to ourselves.

  36. Pharula says:

    It’s not everything that is suggested by economists that can be put to practice. It is the duty of a politician to choose which is conducive to its people. This is where our choice to positions of this important nature should be done with great care. Whether it fetches alot of money on the market the negatives are on the high side hence not to be legalised.

  37. Maikolo says:

    We do not need to fear that people will all of a sudden start smoking a lot of pot when hemp is legalized. People who smoke are freely smoking already and the government is not doing anything about it. I watch a lot of TV and use the internet a lot and I’ve come to realise that the west is moving at a fast pace towards legalising hemp while at the same time putting emphasis on negatives of the plant by using NGOs which they fund in Africa. America is a good example and this seems to be the usual practice of the west where they tell you it is wrong to do something and they do it themselves. Look at capital punishment and nuclear energy. As a nation lets take the initiative to be the first to reap the benefits of the plant this side of Africa. Lets not play catch up. America is gaining billions of tax dollars from the hemp industry and some of the strains they use are from Malawi. We produce alcohol from sugar, maize and barley and I personally believe between the two
    alcohol should be illegal because of its negatives.

  38. zoona says:

    Ganja ndi dhilu!!

  39. Ndatha Ine says:

    This sounds great because hemp is not readily available. The moment it is grown all over the place it will lose its value. By that time everyone will be smoking and those making money from it will no longer be able to make money. Quantity does not only affect quality, it also affects prices.

  40. SALIMA BOYS says:

    Anzeru ndi oona patali alipo koma ndi ochepa,,Mulungu dalitsani Malawi..

  41. mapwiya says:

    tilime zimenezi

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