MP champion hemp’s legalisation in Malawi: Debate resurfaces

Debate on whether Chamba (Indian Hemp) should be legalized or not resurfaced Monday in the National Assembly with Ntchisi North Member of Parliament arguing that Chamba fetches more per acre than trees.

Indian hemp's narcotic relative, also known to users as Malawi gold, is so popular

Indian hemp’s narcotic relative, also known to users as Malawi gold, is so popular

According to the MP, Boniface Kadzamira (Malawi Congress Party) apart from paper, “hemp can be used to produce fibre, fabric, soap, lighting oil, medicines, food, oil and proteins for both humans and animals.”

But Minister of Agriculture and Water Development, who was not present in parliament at the time, told The Nation that he “he had no comment.”

He insisted that “what Kadzamira said was his opinion” and that “government does not take opinions as policies.”

This is the second time the issue has come up in the Malawi parliament. In April 2000, Jon Manduwa, then deputy minister of agriculture had made a similar proposal.

Manduwa had argued that Malawi would benefit a great deal economically if Chamba could be legalized.

Commentators say that Malawi’s variety of Chamba is one of the best in the world.

Despite growing and being found in possession of Chamba is illegal in Malawi, hardly weeks pass without truckloads of the same being impounded by police.

The .botanical.com posits that hemp has several uses including medicine which can be used for easing pain and inducing sleep or for soothing influence in nervous disorders.

In 2013 Rastafarian community held peaceful demonstration to ask the government to consider legalising the growing and use of the illicit drug, which is being illegally grown across the country.

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57 thoughts on “MP champion hemp’s legalisation in Malawi: Debate resurfaces”

  1. Misi anguisher says:

    Prostitution has legalised in malawi and some prostitutes have official documents for that bussiness why not hemp which can bring foreign currents into our country.maiko amene wolemerawatu nthawi inayake anatha ndithu kukhetsa mwazi kachamba kachaniso

  2. Hemp Power says:

    The MP should have been clearer in his argument. It is important to understand the difference between Marijuana and Hemp.Unlike Marijuana, Hemp that is grown for industrial use has no narcotic (‘drug’) properties. Even if you smoke it, it will do nothing. Maybe just give you a headache. The problem when the law was created is that they put both varieties of the plant under the same rules. Also technically the law actually has a clause for growing hemp if you obtain a license to do so. Personally I think Hemp can be a useful crop for Malawi. It is actually a plant with some of the most diverse uses.From industrial uses, such as making fabrics, to nutritional ones. Also the fact that it requires no fertilizers to grow is a plus.

    Ndithu anzanga, hempu ndi chamba ndi zinthu zosiyana. Maiko ambiri’mbiri ama panga ulimi wa hempu. Monga Canada, UK, South Africa, Germany ndi China.

  3. YOLANDA says:

    MISIKA ITSEGULIDWE BASI KU KANENGO YA CHAMBA.KKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK

  4. Chule says:

    I second this.

  5. mbindinga says:

    legalise it,i will advertise it

  6. Youn says:

    Ngati timakumba uranium, yemwe ndioopsa kwambiri, kachamba nkachaninso? Chivomerezedwe basi! Afterall palibenso choti tingaope chifukwa ma donors anatithawa kale.

  7. Kulibe kantu says:

    Only government should grow it under special circumstances.

  8. che mbwiye says:

    kumeneko ndiye kusakonda dziko lathu .cholinga chako ukufuna dziko lidzadze ndi anthu osokonekera maganizo.bwanji osakamba za ulimi othirila along shire river.zochita tiri nazo zambiri.tiri ndi anthu omwe anali apayoniya anaphunzitsidwa za ulimi osawagwirisa ntchito anthu amenewa bwanji osati za chambazo.

  9. commenter says:

    Please legalize it, maybe we can all forget our problems!!!

  10. You know what the government seem not to take the opinion but they (politicians) are the ones involved in the smuggling of the illicit drug. Foolish poticians.

  11. Mboyonga says:

    Kkkkkkkkk kadzamila unali utabanda kumene eti? Kkkkkk

  12. Makunkhu says:

    The goodness is that Chitedze Research Station has already started researching what we can benefit from chammba, not smoking it directly but this nation must start producing various products from chamba that can give us good forex. Very soon we will get the benefits like medicine and others. Bravo Govt.

    We are used to get up very late in everything, those blocking it don’t know what benefits chamba provides. U will wonder that some civilised nations legalised it like Holland n other states in America, where Malawi also gets support from. Malawi too sleepy n slow on important things.

  13. Banet says:

    Tilime basi Tizibandika

  14. yearbook says:

    mbuli zachuluka pamalawi.., no wonder we are poor…maiko ose amagwiritsa ntchito zomwe zingabweretse chuma mdziko mwao..we have chamba here but we insist on tobbaco…others are jst talking bad about chamba here out of ignorance, mufufuze kaye kuti betwee3 chamba and tobbaco which one is harmful to the body and ones soul and then find out again which one is high economically I think its when u cqn stop talking shit about chamba…imagine the most high creating it and u are here criticising it,, isn’t it the same as insulting God.? …akuti ophunzira koma aumbuli…malawi will remain poor yet with rich resources

  15. Tinie says:

    Legalise it…….!

  16. Cedric says:

    chivomelezedwe

  17. chief critic says:

    We hav bin waiting this for along time. Holy weed survives. Zili bho tibande zimenezi. Tipenge basi. Tangoganizani dziko lino aliyense atakhala osuta chamba? Maso athu ali psyuu ngati ziwanda zaukali, Milomo yathu ili yakuda bii ngati yasatana, tikumangoseka nkhani zofoila, matupi athu ali fungo guu chambachamba,matupi athu atauma gwa, timiyendo kuchepa tosatakasuka, tonse tili ndi ma resipiratory related diseases, anthu ambiri kuyamba kudwala misala,tikumadya kwambiri chinsima phwamwamwa kenako chimanga chokazinga chino and then mizimbe mmadimba kuitikita mtolo pomaliza aliyense kumangolingalira eyetu nzeru kuchuluka. Lingakhale lotani dziko??

  18. nanaphiri says:

    ngakhale kamizu anatiuza kale kuti CHUMA CHILI MUNTHAKA Amalawi tiyeni tichangamuke tiyeni timusapote mp ameneyu ali ndi masomphenya..tawonani mbeu ya fodya yomwe timavutika nayo poyilima komaso mitengo akumachita kutipangila azungu sikuyenda ,,ganja silira zambiri ,,sifuna makuponingakhale osapalira imachita bwino

  19. chief critic says:

    Zili bho tibande zimenezi. Tipenge basi. Tangoganizani dziko lino aliyense atakhala osuta chamba? Maso athu ali psyuu ngati ziwanda zaukali, Milomo yathu ili yakuda bii ngati yasatana, tikumangoseka nkhani zofoila, matupi athu ali fungo guu chambachamba,matupi athu atauma gwa, timiyendo kuchepa tosatakasuka, tonse tili ndi ma resipiratory related diseases, anthu ambiri kuyamba kudwala misala,tikumadya kwambiri chinsima phwamwamwa kenako chimanga chokazinga chino and then mizimbe mmadimba kuitikita mtolo pomaliza aliyense kumangolingalira eyetu nzeru kuchuluka. Lingakhale lotani dziko??

  20. Vinman Todzo says:

    Akufuna ambiri apenge phungu ameneyu.

  21. James says:

    Ganja ndi yomwe ingatiwolotse kuti Malawi akafike Ku Kenani…Jah bless. Odi ndibande Kaye!!!

  22. Paul Vida says:

    DPP government is busy awarding silences to companies mining uranium which is deadly hazardous. Kodi kulima chamba ndikukumba uranium chabwino mchani? Bola chamba.

  23. smoko boy says:

    Jst legalise the growing of chamba for the benefit of the country and poor Malawian. Oil can easily bring war into a country than chamba.

  24. The MP who has no brains. You can’t go to par and try to promote that. U r useless fellow. Do u think people who steal and kill people do that when normal? They smoke what u want the govt to legalise. If u hv run short of ideas mwani waka tea na allow iyo muwereko ku par. Do not promote bad things to get rich. Chindere chakufikapo. Pepani Obaba.

  25. che mkope says:

    chivomeledwe basi

  26. ZOBA says:

    Uku ndiye kukhala. BONIFACE KADZAMILA!!!!! 2019 BOMA!!!!!!!!!

  27. Sunga says:

    More fire,azungu amatenga zimezi kwambiri kumangotidyera masuku pamutu. Chamba no fertilizer no pestsides no kusankha dera paliponse chimamela komanso ndichilengedwe cha Jahovah osati achina cocaine,heroin, which r synthetic and destroy people.Remember it was planted in Solomons grave and God said to man: I give u this herb bearing ……….It is good for the herdsman,for the birds in the air ……

  28. Prince Aliwid Bin Tahlahla Bin Abhula Ziz says:

    Ye!! Ye!! Ye!! Free up Ganja the sweet sensimilar recommended by His Emprior Majesty Highly Sellasie I…..it will definately boost the economyof malawi…..Selah

  29. Osadandaula nazo izi tiyeni tizingolima ndikumagulitsa mwakachete chete vuto ndikupanga involve a police pa nkhaniyi otherwise ambiri atukuka alemera komanso kuphunzitsa ana awo kudzera mufodya yemweyu the greatest beneficiaries being Anthu andale komanso akulu akulu aboma ndi a mabizinesi akuu akulu weed is good for your health and there is prosperity and the element of true spiritual life lies in weed itself OSAYIWALA KUTI YEHOVA MULUNGU WATHU WABWINO Ndi amene analenga Chamba polenga chamba anawona kuti ndichofunika ndipo anachidalitsanso kukhala mdalitso wa ife tonse omukonda iye all fools who are against the legalization campaign will be hanged in hell for refusing to partake of the holy weed

  30. RASTA says:

    GANJA SO NICE!!!!!!!!!!!!

  31. Malawiana says:

    Good Idea. First lets have the legislative framework including the Hemp Control Board or Commission to ensure that we license the growers and that all the hemp should be sold through the recognised channel.

  32. Tchinga Chisoni says:

    A kadzamila more fire enafe tikabwelela tichepese kutonzedwa komanso kuchitisa manyazi dziko lathu kuti ndilosauka m’maiko a eni ake ngati ku RSA good idea nothing we can do mwina kwacha ikakwela mphanvu

  33. sain it like it is says:

    as good as this sounds this would never happen..you see government allocates a lot of money that goes into fighting this as a crime but that money is shared amongst the elite up there so if it were legalized that money would stop flowing into their pockets…on the other hand aswel..ther are a few top officials that already export this plant abroad pajatu awa samawasecha potuluka dziko linp but legalizing the planting of chamba in Malawi would have great benefits for the economy…for the farmer…and for the soil itself pajatu chamba chimabwenzeletsa chonde mu nthaka…but which government would want to giv economic power to its people?

  34. chilungamo says:

    this is real Malawian Gold. not the so called tobacco

  35. If chamba can be legalised then I will go farming. Chuma chili mudongo.

  36. ndaona says:

    Zoona lets legalise it kugulitsa osati kusuta ayi thats the point. Muli ndalama, nde bwinonso zichepetsa cashgate.

  37. Kafodya Imdzomdzo says:

    Legalisation of the herb which is being advocated here is not for kusuta anthuni. The argument is legalisation of farming/production for commercial purposes which include medicine values, and others. Malawi needs to align itself for rich economic policies not poverty as usual. Tatiyeni tiyeseko zinazi aMalawi, tisamangonamizidwa…

  38. joe says:

    Mukuchedwatu..

  39. shatta says:

    God wanted us to benefit from the herbs…unfortunately we are always downpresed by the western forces. ….whether legal or illegal chamba will always be there..fight if but u cant win

  40. What the mp suggested is not about legalising smocking all he was asking government was to start using the crop on industrial purposes like medicine,oils,and many more. What he is suggesting is what many states in America are doing right now. Ngati muli ndi mwai wa internet unu ongotsutsa chiri chirichonsenu fufuzani ndipo mukhumudwa mpindu limene these states in America are making! Komanso Kadzamira siwa MCP ndi wa Indipendent from Ntchisi north.

  41. Chinthumwananga says:

    I took a splif this morning of the international herb.

  42. mapwiya says:

    Thats why we malawians will die poor because of insisting the original deal had it is avote ndikanangoti kadzamira chonguu

  43. Salvador says:

    Legalising the consumption of weed wouldnt have a significant economic impact. Rather, the MP should lobby for commercialisation of weed farming for export purposesn cePeople should get licenses to farm after meeting some stringent control measuresso that local consumption is minimised.

  44. dayfri says:

    legalise it basi….sikuti if chamba will be legalised ndiye kuti ndi osasuta omwe ayamba kusuta zimenezo sizingatheke……..chamba is green gold

  45. Mwendanato says:

    THE WORDS HAVE COME FROM A HORSE’S MOUTH. THE AREA THIS MP COMES FROM FORMS THE CHAMBA BELT OF MALAWI AND LIKELY HE IS A BENEFICIARY OF THIS LUCRATIVE BUSINESS AND WHAT DO YOU EXPECT HIM TO SAY. HE WAS ONCE AN MP FOR LL CITY CENTRAL AND LEFT NO TANGIBLE DEVELOPMENT TO POINT AT AND HE WILL REPEAT THE SAME IN THE CURRENT CONSTITUENCY IF NOT INCREASE ACREAGE OF CHAMBA PRODUCTION. WOE TO ALL PEOPLE WHO MISLEAD OR LEAD PEOPLE TO SEEN

  46. musekanji palibe kanu says:

    the city of colorado in the US have now legalised chamba for medical purposes.dont just wait for white people to start things for us then we follow later after they have digged the gold out of it

  47. Achimidzimidzi says:

    I think Dr Chakwera has to be strong. These MPz will fight him.

    A Boni paja munali kufodya ndiye mukudzi misika worldwide. Kaka bwera ka Sosten uka bully, kangositha zochitika ngati kaku mwera bwanji?

    But its a very wise suggestion, and the government needs to explore farther and come up with an opinion if its feasible or not. Osangothamangira kukana. This can be controlled crop.

    Ma Ras tonse tikuva kukoma, Jah! Rastafaria!!!.

  48. aabwino says:

    You are also getting it wrong Nyasatimes. The MP is talking about the plant which has more economical value.

  49. commentator says:

    Kwinaku Chakwera akumanga, mbali inayi Kadzamira akugumula. This MP is a “let-down” to MCP and to the nation. While he is entitled to his opinion, he should not open his mouth before engaging his mind into gear.

  50. Chimalilo says:

    ndiwamisala ameneyo mwina amasutanso ndiye chikumusowa

  51. MP says:

    There is a difference between Indian hemp and industrial hemp. The MP should be talking about industrial hemp which has no value for smokers as one would need to smoke 20 kgs to get high.

    Malawi should consider this option as our land is fertile for this hemp. So the KK guys can be given seed for the industrial hemp which also grows tall and looks different from Indian.hemp.

  52. Agnostic says:

    What the MP has said must not be just taken

  53. zuma says:

    sakunama,chamba ndi deal kusiyana ndi fodya wa kampope.kwathu tisiya kulima chimanga bola chamba

  54. Bololo Wachitumbuka says:

    Akakhala kuti aloleza sichizadulanso chifukwa sichimazasowa, Openganso azayamba kuchuluka!!!

    1. Charlie Hebdo says:

      Right to the point!!

  55. charles sefasi says:

    he is right but the problem is how to control the business

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