Malawi MPs passes bill to legalise marijuana for medical use

Malawi’s legislators have passed a bill to legalize cannabis, the plant that produces hemp and marijuana for medical use, as the country looks to reduce its reliance on tobacco.

Malawi looks to industrial hemp crop to increase foreign earnings

Parliament on Thursday afternoon passed the Cannabis Regulation Bill which seeks to distinguish the criminalised Indian hemp (chamba) from medicinal cannabis through cultivation, production, possession and marketing.

The bill which was first championed by former legislator Boniface Kadzamira was tabled by Agriculture Minister Kondwani Nankhumwa but stops short of decriminalizing recreational use.

Legislators backed it, saying it was better to regulate the hemp trade and help Malawi’s economy to grow.

The new legislation will allow licensing farmers to grow the drug strictly for medicinal use.

Tobacco industry, the country’s biggest foreign exchange earner, has dwindled due to anti-tobacco campaigns, farmers are now looking to grow cannabis following the legalisation of hemp.

Advocates of the medical use of marijuana say it can help with a range of conditions, easing chronic pain and the symptoms of multiple sclerosis and paraplegia.

However,   anti-drug campaigners worry legalizing medical marijuana will encourage more recreational use but they’re facing an uphill battle against those who argue to regulate the trade and help Malawi’s economy grow.

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Osayiwala ma price azidzatcharger alimi osati azungu ,kumachenjera nthawi Zina ndibwino ,osat azungu akut, kumeneko ndi kupepera,ngati momwe anapangira fodya.Olima ena ,opereka mitengo ena. Mutukuka bwanji . Katundu owochokera Kwa American ,mitengonso yimachoka Kwa America konko.

Chizaso
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Chizaso

This is very big for Malawi and the world at large. Growing chamba is easy no need for fertilizer. Please let’s not abuse this privilege which the government has given us,by taking it that they have legalized smoking of chama for anyone, no actually the legalization is for medical purposes. They are patients whose treatment will require marijuana. So for such permits will be given to use the drug. But if you think business this is the time for you to grow it and find a market were you can sell and make money. So please Malawian let’s not abuse… Read more »

Dmitra Kaitana
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Dmitra Kaitana

And this is why we will never develop as a country. How is legalizing medicinal marijuana increase your chances of clinical depression? Really guys? How is smoking weed similar to being gay???

Ghost
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Ghost

Tidye chamba momasuka apa

Hardwell Kaniye
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Hardwell Kaniye

Takunyadirani otiimirira mu mpaliyamenti. Tsono pakufunika maso pama operations and performance of these markets otherwise instead of creating a solution, you will create a problem. I love Malawi and her people.

National CEO
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National CEO

When can people start growing? People are talking bad things, but let me say that even tobbacco is bad for healthy but is grown in Malawi and most of the farmers do not smoke tobacco yet they grow it.

Chilipa Thako
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How I wish Peter Tosh was alive he would have come to Malawi for three musical shows and declares himself a Malawian. He would have composed a new song called ” free at last”

K.kagalu.
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K.kagalu.

Kikkkkkk hahahahaha! Ok? Then we have some in his absences. Chikomeni.

Honestly
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Honestly

Bola alimi asakhale ADPP basi

WTF
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WTF

Jah jah clean all the bad weeds and separate dem from the good coz the day of harvest is near.

Basa
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Basa

Alimi ang’onoang’onofe tidzidzagulitsa kwa ma licensed farmers. Eee Kristu !

A FEW GOOD MEN
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A FEW GOOD MEN

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