Zimbabwe lifted ban on planting hemp: Harare prison to grow industrial cannabis

Zimbabwe decided that the grounds of the main prison in Harare would host a new industry by planting industrial hemp on its premises what repeals the laws banning cannabis production in the country.

The drive to grow industrial hemp, which will be followed by legalizing the production of medical cannabis, is a bid to diversify its crop exports away from tobacco as the global pressure mounts to curb smoking.

“The project is the first of its kind,” Perence Shiri, the agriculture minister, stated at the event opening the project at the Harare Central Remand Prison.

“Prisoners will not be tending the crop as the cannabis will be grown by the Zimbabwe Industrial Hemp Trust, a private company, which will take advantage of the tight security of the prison to run the pilot project,” he explained.

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