38 million Africans take it and Lesotho is a star producer; why nations on the continent should legalise weed

It could generate $79.8 billion a year and Africa is already the biggest cannabis producer in the world.

THE buzzword in relation to Africa is that the continent is rising and one of the key pillars championed to keep it rising is agriculture. 

Take the 2003 Maputo Declaration target for example, African governments pledged to allocate 10% of their national budgets to the sector, but the continent could be missing out on a potential cash crop that could transform the lives of smallholder farmers and economies dramatically: marijuana.  

Currently illegal in all African countries, marijuana has the potential for very high returns if traded with willing and liberal buyers. If it were to be sold at an average price of $7.6 per gram in Europe, this potential cash crop could generate the continent $79.8billion per year. 

This is because, according to 2005 figures by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) - the...

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