Malawi cannabis regulator for growing 2 varieties: ‘Chamba remains illegal to cultivate’

Cannabis Regulatory Authority (CRA) says stakeholders in the cannabis industry will be allowed to grow two varieties of medicinal and industrial hemp.

Kadzamir: Local hemp remains illegal to cultivate pic by Tione Andsen (Mana)
Malawi will only grow industrial hemp not Chamba for receation

Board Chairperson for CRA, Boniface Kadzamira revealed that Friday in Lilongwe during a Press Conference at Golden Peacock Hotel on the Issuance of Licences and Permits to Cannabis Growing Organizations.

He said these are the only varieties that have been approved to be grown legally by licensed organizations.

“Growing of local hemp [Chamba] remains illegal by the law and anyone found cultivate will face the arm of the law. Even organizations that have been given licences to grow medicinal and industrial are not allowed to do so,” Kadzamira added.

He said organizations that are growing medicinal hemp have paid a 12 month fee of K 7.5 million with a non refundable application deposit of K850,000 and they would be allowed to renew the licences depending on their performance.

The Chairperson pointed out that organizations venturing into cultivation of industrial hemp have paid a 12 month fee of K1.5 million with a K425, 000.00 a non refundable deposit.

Kadzamira said the expectations are that the licensed organizations would start business now since they are already late.

“Stakeholders, they are free to use irrigation or rain fed in order to produce their products. This would largely depend on their capacities,” he stated.

Kadzamira said currently the country has imported adequate seeds for the two varieties and the expatiation was that the country should start producing its own seed varieties of the hemp.

The Chairperson said CRA has received a funding of K100 million from Ministry of Finance for its operational and they are now ready to do mobilization tours to various communities.

CRA Planning Officer, Kondwani Makoko said although there was outcries that the fees were too high to growers but working in a group of 50 to 100 people have proved to be most effective.

He said cannabis cultivation encourages stakeholders to work as cooperatives and groups in order to minimize the challenges they face in conducting their every daily business.

CAR has awarded 35 organizations with 86 licences to start cultivating Cannabis in the country.

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Adah aja
Adah aja
1 month ago

So our ancestors have been growing and consuming chamba for 1000s of years. White people came here brainwashed our older generation and now the enture country must make it illegal. Meanwhile the same white people have now made it legal and are making millions from it? Make me understand.

Gaga
Gaga
1 month ago

Nzokomela anamachende andalama that’s why sitikutukuka nziko la malawi mphawi ndi mphawi mpaka kalekale

naneo
naneo
1 month ago

koma izi azilima ndi anthu andalama kale basi.Malawi okomela anthu achuma okhaokha

NABETHA
NABETHA
1 month ago
Reply to  naneo
  • Ntchito yikayambika mpoyenera kugawa ma shares mashares opita kwa ife anthuwamba monga amapangila ama company kapena ma co-operative osiyana siyana.
Luke Walters
Luke Walters
1 month ago

C.R.A. = Chamba Regulatory Authority hahaha

Don Master
Don Master
1 month ago

Why is chamba illegal again?

Tibande
Tibande
1 month ago
Reply to  Don Master

Colonial mentality aboma. Eti akuti chamba chachizungu ndichololedwa koma chamba chachikuda ayi!

Ndafera Nkhande
Ndafera Nkhande
1 month ago

Za mbanje basi.Mulufuna ana athu azisuta zosokoneza bongozi eti. Moti mbanje imeyi sadzasokonezeka nayo?

Tibande
Tibande
1 month ago

Akuti cannabis is legal koma ganja is illegal so cannabis has been legalized while ganja remains criminalised.

Fellow smallholder farmers, let’s defy govt and grow this medicinal hemp and smuggle it out of the country the way we do with tobacco.

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