Lesotho

Wed
28
Nov

Marijuana, mountains and money: How Lesotho is cashing in

Lesotho is aiming to make money from the booming medicinal marijuana industry, but the BBC's Vumani Mkhize says the southern African nation already has an unheralded illicit trade in the drug for recreational use.

Green dust swirls around Mampho Thulo as she uses her hands to scoop dried marijuana leaves from a massive heap on the floor of her home into a big linen bag.

She has been cultivating the prized crop in her scenic village of Mapoteng for as long as she can remember.

Seventy kilometres (43 miles) north-east of the capital, Maseru, her land lies in a lush valley surrounded by the mountains that the country is well known for.

It is in this breath-taking scenery that people have been illicitly growing marijuana for recreational use for decades.

Fri
09
Feb

US Corp cashes in as Lesotho becomes the First African country to legalize Cannabis cultivation

Rhizo Sciences announces construction of 400,000 square foot export facility in Lesotho, Africa to meet growing international medical cannabis export demand.

Rhizo Sciences LLC, a Seattle, Washington based medical cannabis company today announced plans to partner with Medi Kingdom Holdings (Pty) Ltd to build the $50M medical cannabis export facility in Lesotho, Africa.

Tue
13
Oct

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.

Sat
03
Oct

Marijuana gardens and a Lesotho lodge that doesn't exist.

The gate was padlocked closed but there was no wall or fence so we drove in and parked in the yard of the no-name hotel.

Wed
11
Feb

30 donkeys, 13 men and 66 bags of dagga

SAPSPolice spotted a group of men carrying the bags and accompanying 30 donkeys near Sandlwana.

Durban - In one of the biggest dagga busts in KwaZulu-Natal, police arrested 13 men using 30 donkeys to smuggle dagga worth millions of rand across the mountains from Lesotho into South Africa.

In a joint raid, mounted units from Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife and the police made the arrests in the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park.

In total, 66 bags of dagga with a street value of R3.6 million were seized.

The 13 men, aged between 25 and 33, were expected to appear in the Bergville Magistrate’s Court on Friday for being in possession of dagga and an unlicensed firearm and ammunition.

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