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The future of hemp and medical cannabis in Namibia

Namibia has the opportunity to create a dynamic, highly opportunistic, forward-looking industry, serving the fast growing cannabis and hemp industries in Africa and around the globe. 

Cannabis and hemp cultivation and their various products are currently some of the fastest growing industries in the United States, Canada and many other parts of the world. It is projected that when recreational use is universally adopted, the total market value will be in excess of that of spirits and beer.


Namibia resists calls to legalize cannabis

Namibia’s justice minister has ruled out legalizing marijuana as he feels the country is ill equipped to deal with its potentially harmful side effects.

Activists within the African nation have been protesting in a bid to see its prohibition of medicinal and recreational cannabis use overturned. A group of Rastafarians marched through the streets of Windhoek on Good Friday, protesting and declaring that smoking weed is their birthright.

They want to see the Abuse of Dependence-Producing Substances and Rehabilitation Centres Act 41 of 1971 repealed, as they feel it is an obsolete apartheid law that should be scrapped.


Rastafarians demand legalisation of weed

Ganja Users of Namibia (GUN) and scores of Namibian Rastafarians on Saturday protested against the prohibition of cannabis, appealing to Namibian authorities to emulate South Africa and other countries that have decriminalised the recreational and other use of dagga.

The demonstration which took place at B1 shopping centre to the Angolan Embassy was attended by hundreds of Ganja users and Rastafarians grieving and chanting for the legalisation of the herb.


18 Countries Ranked For Marijuana Tolerance In Africa

African governments have tried to limit and stop its use, but marijuana remains deeply ingrained in African tradition, recreation and economies.

It is illegal everywhere in Africa, but an important source of income. Levels of tolerance and law enforcement related to marijuana vary from country to country.

The website Marijuana Travels ranks 260 countries including at least 42 African countries for tolerance to marijuana. Countries are ranked from 1 — highly prohibited — to 10 — legal. Rankings include on-the-ground information on enforcement. The site appears to be updated regularly, in some cases, daily. The home page says the site was created to inform viewers of conditions affecting marijuana, which can change daily and sometimes hourly.


allAfrica.com: Namibia: Journalist Detained Over 'Dagga Seeds'

A northern based freelance journalist claims to have spent at least four days in police custody after he was arrested by members of Namibian Police Drug Enforcement Unit on suspicion of being in possession of cannabis. Kennedy Erkana who freelances for Informanté and Confidenté claims to have been arrested together with the owner of the house where he stays in Oshikango after 10 seeds of cannabis were allegedly found in the house. Erkana says he was locked up in a cell with a mentally disturbed man, fell and injured his back while in custody and was only released after four days with no explanation offered, following the police raid on his house.

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