ZAMBIA Medical Association urges research on medicinal marijuana

ZAMBIA Medical Association president Dr Aaron Mujajati has suggested that marijuana be subjected to further scientific scrutiny in view of growing debates on its health benefits.

In a statement, Dr Mujajati advised people to be open to new ideas.

“As Zambia Medical Association [ZMA], we are aware of the local sentiments on this subject and the current legal provisions. However, we should not, as a country, shy away from subjecting our practices to further interrogation. We are not an island and our ways of life are affected negatively or positively by the world beyond us,” he stated.


Zambia: DEC arrests a Farmer who cultivated 3.9 Tonnes Cannabis

The Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) has arrested a 43-year-old peasant farmer of Sinazongwe district for unlawful cultivation of fresh cannabis weighing over three tonnes.

DEC Public Relations Officer Theresa Katongo said Leonard Mansanga, 43, a peasant farmer of Mulonga-Munene village in Sinazongwe district has been arrested for unlawful cultivation of fresh cannabis plants weighing 3.9 tonnes.

Ms. Katongo disclosed the development to ZANIS in a press statement in Lusaka today.

She said the commission has also arrested Christine Lufupa, 63, a peasant farmer of Mitec area in Solwezi district for unlawful cultivation of fresh cannabis plants weighing 110 kilogrammes (kg).

She explained that the cannabis was intercropped with maize.


Zambia: No medicinal value in marijuana

MARIJUANA has no medicinal value and there is nothing good about it, an official of the Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) has said.
Central Province DEC education and counselling officer Nellie Mumba has said youths should not be lured into thinking that marijuana, commonly known as chamba, is good.
“The effects of chamba are very bad,” Ms Mumba said.
Ms Mumba urged young people not to be tempted into testing any prohibited drug as they would “get hooked there and then”.
She said this on a KNC Radio One programme recently.
Ms Mumba said young people are being destroyed because marijuana has devastating effects on a person’s health.


Lessons from Marijuana Legalization Around the Globe

In the blink of an eye, global debates about cannabis regulation have shifted from “whether” to “how.” In 2014, Uruguay became the first nation to explicitly regulate cannabis from seed to sale. Its preferred strategy? State-regulated production, cannabis clubs, and personal growing. Meanwhile, four U.S. states and the District of Columbia have moved ahead with legal regulation, Colorado and Washington being the first, and the federal government seems unlikely to intervene. More states, possibly even California, look set to follow. Likewise, in the rest of the world, there are a number of gray-area regulatory systems, including in Belgium, the Netherlands, and Spain. All offer insights into how the United States—and other countries—might tackle the “how.”



UPND vice president backs legalization of Ganja

… Peter Sinkamba has a point. Trouble is, he is from the future. In his enlightenment, he is many years ahead of the average citizen. Indeed he will be misunderstood reviled and even fought because his audience is way behind him. His attitude should be like that of Jesus, 'forgive them Father for they know not what they do'.


By Dr Canisius Banda 
(Personal View)
WHAT I am going to tell you will shock you. And you will be shocked because either you are just a nincompoop or you are merely under-informed. Either way, you should be forgiven.

What I am going to say I said it many years ago. I wrote a lengthy article about it, which article was carried by my column in The Post several years ago.


Can Zambia save its environment with marijuana?

Green party’s presidential candidate Peter Sinkamba is promising voters to cut country’s dependency on mining – by growing and exporting marijuana.

For decades, Zambia has staked its economic fortunes on copper mining. But when voters in this southern African nation go to the polls in January to select a new president, at least one candidate will be looking to send that tradition up in smoke.


Times of Zambia | Couple busted over 700kgs cannabis



Times of Zambia | ‘I use marijuana to ease pain in rectum’


A NDOLA man, who has been convicted for smoking marijuana, told Ndola magistrate’s court that he was using the drug to ease the pain caused by a sore in his rectum.

Chrispin Chibwe, 23, of House Number 1004 New Mushili told Ndola magistrate Chitundu Chongo that he was using marijuana to stop the pain caused by a sore in his rectum, which affected his sleep at night.

This is a matter in which Chibwe is charged with trafficking in psychotropic substances.

Chibwe was arrested on July 22, this year by Drug Enforcement Commission officers at Mushili Market in Ndola and that after searching him, found him with Marijuana in his pocket weighing 520 grammes.


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