Zimbabwe Officially Legalizes Medical Marijuana

The country of Zimbabwe has officially legalized medical marijuana.

Zimbabwe has passed into law the Production of Cannabis for Medicinal and Scientific Use Regulations, reports TimesLIVE, South Africa’s second-biggest news website. The new law allows individuals and companies to apply to the Ministry of Health for a license to produce and sale medical marijuana for medical and scientific purposes.

“An application shall be accompanied by the appropriate fee and three copies of a plan of the site proposed to be licensed,” states the new law. Individual producers must be citizens of the country, while companies must produce proof of incorporation in Zimbabwe.

“The application shall contain, the maximum quantity expressed as net weight in grammes, of fresh cannabis, dried cannabis, cannabis oil to be produced by the applicant under the licence and the production period and the maximum number of cannabis plants to be sold or provided.”

The licence is valid for five years and should be renewed, if necessary, before expiry.

Producers intending to “possess, produce, sell, provide, ship, deliver, transport or deliver cannabis at more than one site” will require a separate licence.

Production and use of cannabis was illegal in Zimbabwe although the herb is widely used in traditional medicine to treat conditions like asthma, epilepsy and mental illness while some people use it as recreational drug and, supposedly, to make their hair grow quicker.

Production or possession of large quantities of cannabis attracted up to 12 years in jail.

Emily Watkins is a PhD student majoring in public policy. Emily has been a freelance editor for numerous websites, and has spent hundreds of hours volunteering to help legalize marijuana. She currently resides in Los Angeles, and can be reached at Watkins.MarijuanaHerald@Gmail.com.

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