Zimbabwe legalizes marijuana for medicinal, scientific uses

Much of Africa still criminalizes the production and use of marijuana
The Associated Press (US)
Saturday, April 28, 2018

zimbabwe cannabisZimbabwe has legalized the production of marijuana for medicinal and scientific purposes, making it the rare African country to turn the drug into a source of revenue. A government notice issued by the health minister says individuals and corporations can apply for licenses to grow marijuana, whose production and possession had brought up to 12 years in prison. Recreational use remains illegal. The decision is a marked shift from the traditionally tough stance on marijuana in the largely conservative country where members of Parliament who had advocated for legalization often were openly mocked. (See also: Cannabis growers to pay high licence fee of $50 000 – reports)