Opinion

The Legalisation Of Marijuana For Medicinal And Commercial Use Is The Way To Go

By Antonio Mwanza.

On 16th December, 2019 the Government announced that cabinet had in principle legalized the cultivation, processing and selling of marijuana for medicinal and commercial purposes only. This announcement set social media ablaze with comments, memes and of course some misinformation.

From the onset, it is important to clarify that Government has not outlawed the existing laws governing the cultivation, sell or use of marijuana. In short the cultivation, consumption and sell of marijuana remains prohibited under the current laws.

There has also been misinformation that a colossal fee of $250,000 has been set as licence fee for those who would want to venture into the cannabis business. The truth is that no such amount has been suggested. What Government has done is to set up a Ministerial Committee of experts from the Ministries of Health, Home Affairs,  Agriculture and Finance to come up with an operational framework of how the cultivation, processing and selling of marijuana shall be done in a controlled manner in line with our existing statutes.

Marijuana has proven to be a money spinner that can turn economies around in the shortest of times. According to available data, the legal trade of cannabis or marijuana can fetch as high as 32 dollars per gram which is nearly 32 million dollars per tonne. The 2018 Cannabis Price Index compiled on WeedIndex.io shows that the price of Cannabis in Tokyo is the highest in the World at 32 point 66 dollar per gram.

In the United States the marijuana industry totaled more than $8 billion in sales in 2017, with sales estimated to reach $11 billion this year and $23 billion by 2022.

There were more than 9,000 active licenses for cannabis businesses in the U.S. in 2017,  with the industry employing more than 120,000 people.

As more states move to legalize cannabis, these numbers will only continue to rise, potentially providing a new stream of revenue and jobs to local economies.

The Government’s decision to legalise the cultivation, processing and selling of marijuana for medicinal and economic purposes will greatly boost Zambia’s economy by increasing revenue, creating jobs and broadening the tax base. There will be a boost to agriculture, starting with the businesses and individuals who will be growing and harvesting the weed to those who will be processing and packaging the refined weed products. Additionally, those in the marketing and transport sector will largely benefit from the business.

The proceeds from marijuana business will massively contribute to the development and growth of other sectors of the economy such as Education, Health, Infrastructure and so on.

In terms of medical benefits, science has proven that marijuana can be used to treat a number of illnesses and symptoms ranging from depression, stress, Post-Traumatic Disorder Symptoms among many others.

Studies on cancer cells suggest that cannabinoids may either slow down the growth of or kill some types of cancer.  Research has shown that cannabis can cure Leprosy and many other medical conditions.

The bold step taken by Government to allow the cultivation, processing and selling of marijuana for medicinal and commercial purposes only will go a long way in raising government revenue, creating jobs and uplifting the lives of many people. The onus is now on the experts in the Ministerial Technical Committee to put up correct measures to ensure that the cannabis business benefits Zambians.

The author, Mr. Antonio Mwanza, is the Deputy Media Director of the Patriotic Front.

©Zambia Reports 2019.

 

31 Comments

  1. Stephen matakala

    The prize of it

  2. Jj

    Just like Mukula business, dagga business will only boost the pocket of a pf cadre. Gold discovered in M/lunga has already been sealed off, prohibiting access of any common man. In short pf is using marijuana as bait to entice youths in the run up to 2021 election. After that marijuana will be an illegal topic to a commoner. Vote out Pf for a better Zambia..

  3. Reasoning

    Ba Antonio, spare us the crap. You ain’t the right person to talk about this Ganja business. Political prostitute!

  4. kabamba

    If boosting the economy is the issue let it be and make a productive move in our nation..

  5. chilundika

    Let us have good motives zambians if something good is done.Canabis can help stabalise our economy if seriousness is observed.

  6. Kokoliko

    Gate lost Antonio with your of ok

  7. kedrick siame

    Marijuana can boost our economy if only that there’s a transparent to our reader and a good governance remember mukula it was like that know it’s fimo fimo.

  8. Kedrick muloza

    Good plan but in countries like zambia we have to be careful in giving licences to individual persons because just one licence everyone will a farmer zambia
    my suggestion is that let the defence ministery do the farming and ministry of home affairs under prisons setups

  9. Gh

    Guys I strongly say that we need a new government for a better Zambia!

  10. SEE MIND

    MARIJUANA IS A STRONG BUSINESS ENCONOMY, WHY YOU PF GOVERNMENT DELAY TO LEASE FOR EVERY BODY TO CULTIVATE LIKE MAIZE OR LIKE OTHER GROP (TOBACCO) MARIJUANA IS A GOOD BUSINESS. IF YOU DELAY 2021. WILL GO TO VOTE GREEN PARTY PETER SINKAMBA !!!

  11. Mr one

    So interesting

  12. Original

    Understand his text people

  13. Able kufika

    It’s a good idea

  14. Mr-i 100%

    Zambians let’s vote Peter Sinkamba. He has experienced and vision over this business not Aba balekopa kubanabo.
    But my suggestion is that’ let the government give Sinkamba a post because of his experience

  15. Sakuwaha

    Let the government, give the chance to all Zambian people to grow dager… Like the way it is with maize and other crops. If they really want to boost economy.

  16. En

    I strongly beleive that this step our government has taken will just increase the number of illiteracy in the country….marijuana is a good crop to farm in terms of boosting the economy but the negative effects are very high e.g remorse have lots of teenagers abusing the plant and turning into dangerous criminals…according to my own oponions the decision must be taken back into consideration.

  17. zm

    As for me, these guys are trying to use marijuana as their use us, if it’s for this let’s go for Peter sinkamba cause he was the first one to say good about marijuana,and the bible crier stats that we should smoke not drink cause if we smoke we medita good over evil.as for us Africans its part of our culture we don’t need to ask any one about cultivation of marijuana,Peter sinkamba I’ll be the first one to have a liesence

  18. Mr ngombe

    Peter SINKAMBA WHERE ARE YOU PEOPLE HAVE STARTED TO STEAL YOU IDEAR!
    I LIKE THE POINT WHERE IT SAYS ATI: IT WILL CREATE MORE JOBS
    HAS IF YOU WILL GIVE THEM THE JOB.

  19. monica chibwe

    well well….we shall be a richest

  20. amon sikombe

    God created herb we need no license to use it

  21. Aaron Lekezya

    The good side of this news can be properly be told by Me Peter Sinkamba, Green Party president who has had this idea from day one of his political endevours. Let us hear from him!

  22. No zeru

    Kaya pa zed cheer.

  23. Ome

    If we grow now there will b quiet in terms of license once you win pf 2021 you will set that price $250, 000 as license fee so that no one will manage unless government so that you put money in your pocket as well

  24. never mind

    Thats great marijuana can help us and develop our country but not pf…..
    Stop thinking like a child you think you can convince us so that we can vote for you In 2021 nononono,
    And let Peter sinkamba talk about that not you.

  25. James

    comment:At latest the market cost is out US$32per gram better than mazie US$0.1per kg if we are buying dollar at ZMK10-US$2-1?Is it that the buyer will be the someone with the US$250,000centificate buying from farmers may be the government with the overseas buyers will settle for local farmer or it is as hard as wheat,roses e.g?

  26. Danny

    Is it true that it has been allowed or still on debate?

  27. The truth

    My point

  28. Lemmy

    If the government can give favourable price for marijuana’s license to local people, no doubt it may pay through 2021 election without any contest. we need cash crop please

  29. Kadoli hope

    It’s a welcome move by the government give chance to all that can do cultivation of this drug &

    reduce license in oder to uplift Zambian economy.

  30. The One

    And Saturnia Regina with the skull above cross bones under very carefully selected demons must be the fund managers as we toss the Christian Nation identity outta the F* window, lol☠️!

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