Pro-Chamba Chilima to legalise marijuana in Malawi

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Malawi Vice President Saulos Chilima has offered to legalise marijuana (hemp) should he be voted as President in 2019 Tripartite Elections.

Saulos Chilima

Pro-Chamba: Chilima

Chilima made the remarks during a political rally that UTM held at Nkhotakota LEA School ground.

The UTM (formerly United Transformation Movement) president said Malawi stands to benefit economically with the legalization.

“Our friends in South Africa, Canada, and the US are legalising marijuana. Let us not lag far much behind when the legalisation would push Malawi’s economic growth” said Chilima.

Chilima urged the country to speed up research on medical marijuana. He warned that his sentiments were not in support of growing and smoking of cannabis, the recreation drug.

Recently, South Africa legalised the use cannabis and the growing of marijuana, known in Malawi as chamba, for adult private consumption following a decision by the country’s court.

South Africa’s government’s had opposed its legalisation, arguing the drug was “harmful” to people’s the health.

Three South African cannabis users who had faced prosecution for using bemp brought the case, saying the ban “intrudes unjustifiably into their private spheres”.

South Africa joins Zimbabwe which in April became the second country in Africa, after Lesotho, to legalise the use of marijuana for medical use.

Coca-Cola is one of the corporate titans that announced it was eyeing cannabis-infused drinks (CBD) after noting that the space for cannabidiol-based drinks was “evolving quickly”.

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  1. I am very pleased to hear Vice President Hon. S, Chilima is to legalize MEDICAL ( Marijuana).
    Everyone is aware of the social and medical damage done by ALCOHOL and TOBACCO but both these substances are legal and have no MEDICAL benefits.

    Medical Cannabis has a strong scientific basis based on the three major active compounds of the plant: THC, CBD, and CBN. Medical cannabis (marijuana) is used for pain, autism,
    epilepsy (seizure disorders), nausea, muscle , anxiety, , low appetite,
    sleep problems, etc. Hemp (low THC content Cannabis) can be used to make textiles, paper, fabric, and fuel oil, etc. Cannabis has significant potential to replace tobacco, as an export crop, especially if Malawi accelerates the legalization of both medical cannabis and industrial hemp.

    There is no need for Malawi to undertake its own research on the Medical properties of the plant. Malawi should review and adapt existing legislation on Medical, industrial (HEMP) and recreational

  2. Everyone is aware of the social and medical damage done by ALCOHOL and TOBACCO but both these substances are legal and have no MEDICAL benefits.

    Medical Cannabis has a strong scientific basis based on the three major active compounds of the plant: THC, CBD, and CBN. Medical cannabis (marijuana) is used for pain, autism,
    epilepsy (seizure disorders), nausea, muscle spasms, anxiety, multiple sclerosis, low appetite,
    sleep problems, etc. Hemp (low THC content Cannabis) can be used to make textiles, paper, fabric, and fuel oil, etc. Cannabis has significant potential to replace tobacco, as an export crop, especially if Malawi accelerates the legalization of both medical cannabis and industrial hemp.

    There is no need for Malawi to undertake its own research on the Medical properties of the plant. Malawi should review and adapt existing legislation on Medical, industrial (HEMP) and recreational Cannabis from Lesotho, Canada or Uruguay.

  3. No ! Mr Chirima zinazi ndiye kuuonongatu. Mmene anthu ajudandauliramo ndi chamba kuno ku RSA. Tiyeni tipange kampeni ya nzeru. Inde dziko nfilosauka kpma effect yaje ndiyayikulu.

  4. Your article has misleading sentiments and leaves a lot to be desired.

    Chilima did not touch on Indian Hemp or Chamba which is illegal and has psychotic effect on users’ minds. There is a difference between medicinal Marijuana and Chamba. The former is never used to get people intoxicated but has benevolent benefits in so many industries. The latter is an illegal one that can make people mad. Therefore, to say that Chilima is pro-Chamba and wants to legalize it is to mislead people to think that Chilima smokes Chamba and wants it legalized so many people can use it to get intoxicated.

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