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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Young masamba
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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?

Young masamba
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“Musalorere mulungu” kuti chamba chikhale chololedwa pa nyasaland,pls

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

Young masamba
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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,

temson chinjala
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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… Read more »
Game over
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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

wakuMzimba(khosolo boy)
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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.

steve.jnr
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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.

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

herb plants
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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

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