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Africa’s Cannabis Decriminalisation Is Isolated But Financially Edible

By  |  December 12, 2020

A little more than a week ago, the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) removed cannabis from its list of the most tightly regulated category of drugs. In real life, the turnaround means that hemp is no longer in bed with addictive opioids such as heroin, a reclassification that deletes danger from the ganja. 

For the past 59 years, cannabis has been under the lock and key of control schedules. Nevertheless, the historic move is expected to enable countries of the world to recognize the medical and therapeutic potential of the drug. 

It seems Malawi—a landlocked country in Southeastern Africa formerly known as Nyasaland—saw the CND’s handwriting on the wall. Just about a week before the United Nations advertently—or inadvertently—honoured the WHO’s call to de-risk the drug, the low-income country decriminalized cannabis.

Earlier in February, Malawi’s parliament passed a bill to legalize cultivating and processing hemp for medical purposes, but at the time reproached in decriminalizing its recreational consumption. 

Following the likes of Lesotho, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe, the move adds to the rising count of African countries finally soft-pedal...

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