Malawi conducts research on industrial hemp: OK as rope, not as dope

Meanwhile, a scientist at Chitedze Research Station in Lilongwe has said the station has completed the second phase of testing industrial hemp.

Zakeyu (centre) against legal hemp
Zakeyu (centre) against legal hemp

The scientist, Laurent Pungulani said preliminary results indicate that the hemp has just one percent of the substance that intoxicates people as opposed to marijuana which has over 10 per cent.

He said this means industrial hemp is not harmful to human and can be grown for commercial purposes for making different types of things from cosmetics to clothes to building materials and food for animals.

Following the results, Everglo Malawi has been registered as a company that will lead a crusade in the growing of the hemp.

However, Nelson Zakeyu of Drug Fight Malawi said this was a sad chapter for Malawi in the fight against drug abuse and asked the government to reverse it.

Parliament overwhelmingly approved the farming of industrial hemp.

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5 years ago

Not many people smoke and I do not think that people will be tempted to start smoking with the piece of legislation. Our biggest problem is alcoholism and the NGO should intensify its fight against it. We have so many beer selling outlets in our residential areas and they play very loud music all night.

5 years ago

A Zakeyu mwadya vichi inu???? Too short and too short-sighted too haaa? Let’s grow hemp Malawi – in fact let’s grow full blowm marijuana for medical use. A study in USA has shown a significant drop in prescripyion medication in states that have legalized marijuana. Now, think about that; the improvement in health, saved forex from lower drug orders, more high people! Shalom to the most high

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