Malawi govt backs marijuana

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Government has assured Malawians that the marijuana which the Peter Mutharika administration wants to legalize has no threat to people’s health.

In September, Mutharika through Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development, Allan Chiyembekeza, endorsed cultivation of hemp for trial purposes.

Chiyembekeza differentiated the industrial grown hemp from those locally grown saying industrial hemp has no threat to lives.

Allan Chiyembekeza

Chiyembekeza says govt is clear on the move.

“The industrial hemp does not contain psychoactive chemical elements that affect people when smoked even though it’s from the same family crop,” said Chiyembekeza.

If the trial proves to be positive, the Malawi economy which has dwindled since Mutharika came into power is expected to be boosted.

According to Chiyembekeza, the gold-plant will also improve the country’s National Export Strategy.

Among the companies working on trial of the marijuana plant at Chitedze Research Station in Lilongwe is Invegro Hemp Power Malawi.

However, government has failed to come out clear on whether public smoking of marijuana will still remain illegal. The idea to legalize industrial hemp was proposed at the last sitting of Parliament by Malawi Congress Party Member of Parliament (MP) for Ntchisi North, Boniface Kadzamira.

When he introduced the issue in Parliament, Kadzamira said an acre of the crop can produce more paper than wood pulp.

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  1. my fellow malawians this herb is dubbed mpamba not chamba. it’s another different variety of marijuana that doesn’t make you go high. Ndichosiyana ndi Chaku nkhotakota chija. izi Ndi kobiri zeni zeni osapanga masewera a Malawi anzanga.

  2. those who smoke will never stop smoking and those who don’t will never do it,,,, Now look at the benefits at large,, bravo Peter you don’t force people to smoke but do it the best of malawi’s economic

  3. This will be a good move for Malawi. Marijuana can positively transform the economy by bringing in the much needed forex. But there must be strict rules to avoid abuse and misuse of the plant.

  4. maiko ambiri olemera aloleza izi .koma a Malawi kuvuta kusintha ; lero mukuyankhula za kummero kwanu koma tinkati multiparty ndichani? maso patsogolo osalimbitsa moyo

  5. Munthawi ya nowa chigumula chitayandikila manyi amagwilitsila tchito ngati mankhwala, nde panoso zikuoneka kuti masiku womaliza aja ndiano, zoseezi ndizongofuna kuti Malawi asawoloke nawo yorodani, zochitika zachuluka.

  6. Kuloleza marijuana? a Boma amange zipatala za amisala zikulu zikulu osango dalira Cha Zomba mental hospital chokha eiiish!! Kubanda opanda nkhawa! Malawi dziko langa zotengera tengerazi izi ana ako onse adzakhala amisala ndiithu!

  7. Just to say it is hemp, not marijuana that’s being legalised for trials. It has no psychoactive affects (doesn’t get you high) and is cultivated for its fibre and oil. It could be a very good crop for Malawi.

  8. Do your research, weed is actually very potent against some diseases. But like all drugs it cannot be without side effects & is also subject to abuse.

  9. Thats a good move, for Malawi to develop it needs leaders who can make bold decisions like this but we Malawians we are short sited.Let donors go with their dirty money tilime chamba and make money locally and after all chamba its nt only for smoking!!

  10. AM A ZAMBIAN NIMAVUTIKA NKAVA KUTI MUMALAWI MULIVUTO , APA NAMVA KUTI AFUNA KUPENGESA ZIKO LOSE MU PENGE CHIFUKWA CHA CHUMA . AMALAWI PEMPHANI MULUNGU ZELU ZOPEZELA CHUMA .

  11. Iai anthunu muzimvetsa sakulola kusuta chamba koma kulima or chingambwe kuchisuta sikuloledwa koma kulimakokha kumaloledwa,chamba chimagwira ntchito zambiri mot ngat munadwalapo ndikugonekedwa mchipatala munagwiritsapo ntchito chamba,chofunika ndichot tisamasute bas.

  12. Nde u shud also have ma plan woti mumange ma Mental hospitals coz ndikutha kuwona a malawi ambiri akupenga nanji chosuta momasukacho eeeh ngoz kkkkkkkkkk

  13. This is my first time to see APM come up with good idear, legalise marijuana is the most important thing and it has come in right time as we are experience economic blow

  14. This is my first time to see APM come up with good idear, legalise marijuana is the most important thing and it has come in right time as we are experience economic blow

  15. chomwe ndachiona, dziko muno ndi chomangonamizana. #chamba sichngakhale gold wa a malawi asakunamizeni mkulu ameneyo.

    nthawi zonse mbeu akachuluka olima mapeto ake ogula amasowa, chimodz modzi, kampope, labu ndi fodya wina aliyenseyo, kuchyambi anali ndi ndalama chfukwa olima anali ochepa ndipo ogula anali ochulukilapo, pakali pano fodya ali chkhalire m’mako mwa alimi ogula akusowa, nalonso thonje tingopanga matress ndi mapilo,

    chamba chmenech chkhala ndi ndalama zaka ziwir zoyambilira kwinako tizizangosuta mkumapenga nacho mmakomomu.

    Pempho Langa Nali, Musamangopanga Zinthu Popanda Kufunsa Anthu Eni Ake Ogwira Ntchtoyo Chfkwa Olima Ndi Ife Anthu Akumudzi! Osat Inuyo Ma Bwana.

  16. marijuana and industrial hemp are different species. the govt wants to promote industrial hemp cultivation. it doesnt contain canabiols which make a person feel high

  17. Do u have an idea how much money Malawi can make from this ? Billions this is our Gold Silver Diamond wrapped in one ,,do some research and check how much the US makes from legalising Hemp ,i think this is the only sensible thing this fool has done ,tiyeni tingowona ngati ndalama zipite kwa anthu kapena matumba awo

  18. apapa mmene zikuonekeramu zikuonetsa kuti dziko lamalawi laipa mwina tidikire ambuye yesu adzatifereso pantanda kachiwiri mwina mkumva kapena mkulapa a malawi dziko labwino lija mukulipititsa kut?

  19. Although when chamba woz not regalised smtyms bac, kod anthu samasutaa? Nde muyambe kusuta pano coz aloleza kulima? Shame on u, kuyamba kusuta ndi kufuna kwa munthu ,,u have to think as a human being not lyk an animal….

  20. Mukuchedwelanji kodi nanga?? ndisiya kulima thonje ndiyambe kulima chamba minda ndiyosayamba nthaka ndilinayo yankhaninkhani ine pano,isaa!!!!!

  21. Mukuchedwelanji kodi nanga?? ndisiya kulima thonje ndiyambe kulima chamba minda ndiyosayamba nthaka ndilinayo yankhaninkhani ine pano,isaa!!!!!

  22. Chamba sichipengetsa koma anthu kwawo amakhala kut anawalodza…This is good idea to generate money to the country and farmers as a whole

  23. Ndichachidziwikile kuti anthu ambiri a m Malawi ama suta chamba koma iwowo pokhala abambo sanakanenerathu poyera chifukwa zibweretsa chisawawa ndi kuonga tsogolo ladziko. Kuba/kuphana/ umbuli/kusamverana ndizina zotele. Master think b4 anything.

  24. MFUNDO IIYII SIYABWINO. CHAMBA GUYZ,KKKKKKK,PETER ZANKANIKA SURE!!! PALINJIRA ZAMBIRI ZOTUKULA MALAWI ,NGAKHALE CHITABWERESA CHUMA ,ZIBEDWA NDALAMAZO !! TAYANGANANI MAIKO AMENE ALIBE MIGODI,AKUTUKUKA BWANJI,KOMA SALIMA CHAMBA.RESULTS,AKUBA,OPENGA,RAPE,KOMASO ULEMU UNTHA.PLZ PLZ MALAWI DONT ALLOW THIS.

  25. Industrial marijuana is different with indian hemp u know actually they r in the same family,industrial cannot make someone mad coz an element which found in indian hemp its not there,pliz first make research before u come up with ur coments here

    • and who told you that indian hemp makes people mad? do your research aswell . . industrial hemp is just the same as indian hemp that you know. . when they say industrial hemp does mean its a new bleed of ganja . .jus that its gonna be used for industrial purposes like making drug . . hair oil and body lotions . . etc

  26. Akuti malawi gov nt. DPP gov.DPP ndi chipani guyz muzamva liti kodi, boma limayendesedwa ndi anthu ambiri nt chipani, a UDF komansp a MCP mukuganiza kuti zinazi zikamachitika samaziwa? amaziwa nthawi zambirinso amayambisa ndiomwewo cholinga chofuna kusokoneza zinthu, ndiye president akavomereza m’mati walakwisa

    • iwe…. enawo ndi maopposer koman akamati boma they mean ruling Party… after five years sazanena kuti ife ndi otsutsa tapanga izi azizati ife a DPP tapanga izi…. as a matter of fact.. government is not a party but there is a party that lead a government… palibe alendo obwerera chitukuko cha dziko amazakumana ndi opposition parties… DZUKA MALAWI DZUKAAAAAAA!!!!!

    • iwe…. enawo ndi maopposer koman akamati boma they mean ruling Party… after five years sazanena kuti ife ndi otsutsa tapanga izi azizati ife a DPP tapanga izi…. as a matter of fact.. government is not a party but there is a party that lead a government… palibe alendo obwerera chitukuko cha dziko amazakumana ndi opposition parties… DZUKA MALAWI DZUKAAAAAAA!!!!!

    • kodi Atupere Muluzi anamupasa u minister uja ndi wa DPP? ndiye zikalakwika ku departimenet yakeko m’maloza chala DPP bwanji m’malo monena kuti wa UDF wakanika, shame on u aswel osamalimbana ndi ndale, Peter kaya akuyendesa bwino dziko kaya ayi koma alamulila mpaka nthawi yake ikwanire unless mutamupanga ngati munam’panga m’bale wake uja afiti otamba masana inu.

    • #kamnyamata when u say opposer, what is there responsibilities do u think president can sign a biil without iwowo kugwirizana nawo, ngati asakususa that means udindo ukukawakanikatu, angokupusisani amakhala agwirizana akabwera kunja kuno mkumayankhula ngati amatsusta zenizeni, amadyera limodzi ndalama anthuwa asakupusitse m’bale. After five years indeed amanena kuti tapanga izi ndi zoona coz opposition ya ku malawi kuno ndiyofooka palibe chanzere chomwe amapanga

  27. tisazawoneso munthu akuimbidwa mlandu ku court wonkhuzana ndi kugulitsa chamba.koma amasula kuti anthu azisuta publically ngati? ee mkapezeka mmva madzi,timalora kulima ndikudya ndichimanga chokha hona ayiitu kkkkkkkk koma ma rasta awa!!!

  28. KALIBU ANYAMATA NDI ATSIKANA KU NKHATA-BAY POLICE STATION MUKANDI THANDIZE KUSUTA CHAMBA CHANGA CHOMWE ANANDI GWILILA KKKKKK #MALAWI NOW IT WILL BE CALLED FLAMES OF MALIJWANA

  29. Kupanda mnzeru ndithu. Mungovomera zili zonse mwati bola kulemera? mwavomeleza maukwati a amuna/akazi okhaokha panonso mukuti tizilima chamba. Cry my beloved Malawi!

  30. This is now too much! Will there be any law against chamba smoking? What is the motive behind this? I think APM and his DPP is is too domineering!. Tiona zambiritu mu ulamuliro wa kankhalamba kameneka! Malawi is not a good country to live in.

    • kaoe iwe vuto lake simumadzisata,anayambisa nkhani imeneyi ku parliament ndi wa Mcp lero mwatembenuka mukunamizira DPP. nde mukhala choncho kumangopusisidwa ndi ma Mp anuwo ife ndi mpaka 2040

    • Its u and your unvisionary leader u say ‘industrial hemp’ but local malawian out there he will say government ha regalise indian hemp.komanso who will be rensposble for the prices of that stupid comodity,now u r strugling with the prices of tobacco pano akukunyengerera kut muzilima chamba kkkkkkkkk mupengetsa mtundu wanu madala

  31. bravo DPP,that’s the way to go ,its only that most people are mentally enslaved and are unable to see the benefits economically if utilised well in the long run,ubulutu ndi umene wakula

  32. this should be DPP’s plan C or D..surely these niggas have run out of ideas.i dont share the sentiments that this marijuana thing will have no impact on health..ngati chingambwe chikuononga anthu nde kungakhalexo chamba chabwino?some months ago,mzuzu central hospital reported through zodiak that it receives atleast 20 mental cases per month due to this chamba thing.i think telling us that mumanga additional mental hospitals nde zikhala zanzeru.

  33. Komatuizimuziunikile tsogololake mozama osamangoyang’ana pompa zizabweretsa umbanda woopsyaizi ndpomfuti zizapezekandialiyense ngatikusouth africa,kuphananso kuzakhalakosavuta komansomaiko otizungulira azayambanafe nsanje ndpoazatitibula kutialande nthakayi ngatianapangra polanda nyanjaija,plz plz ziunikilenibwino mungazaphetse mtunduwanga

  34. ok? nde mwat tizingobanda public?? chiyambile tsiku limene peter wayankhula zanzeru ndi lero…dpp #ganja woyeeeeeee apa nde tiswekad bas kukangana ndi utsi feel free

  35. ok? nde mwat tizingobanda public?? chiyambile tsiku limene peter wayankhula zanzeru ndi lero…dpp #ganja woyeeeeeee apa nde tiswekad bas kukangana ndi utsi feel free

  36. Industrial hemp needs more water – we practice rain-fed agriculture, are we being practical? Komanso, when selling, who will be making the prices? Tavutika ndi tobacco – buyers pay prices below production cost and famers keep on paying their workers poverty wages.

    Now this industrial hemp we are starting, are we going to have Industrial Hemp farming Act 2016?

    Where can I get certified seeds, I want to start?

    Koma tisamanamizanepotu apa.