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African nations consider legalized marijuana

The cultivation and use of marijuana is rapidly rising across Africa as farmers, hit by low commodity prices, increasingly see the drug as a cash crop.

Pressure for legalizing marijuana is increasing in many African countries as legalized pot in the U.S. and Uruguay leads the way.

“At the moment, farmers choose to cultivate marijuana over traditional crops because it commands a far higher market price on the black market both at home and abroad,” Zambian Green Party President Peter Sinkamba told Anadolu Agency.

In Lesotho, cannabis is the country’s third largest source of foreign income, according to the UN Development Program. The landlocked kingdom, which is encircled by South Africa, is responsible for 70 percent of the cannabis entering its neighbor's territory.

The Nigerian National Drug Law Enforcement Agency reported late last year that a large number of Nigerian farmers had abandoned growing food and other cash crops for...

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