By Staff Reporter
Government has legalized the production of cannabis (mbanje) for medicinal or scientific purposes.
This was announced by Health and Child Care Minister Dr David Parirenyatwa through Statutory Instrument 62 of 2018 (dangerous drugs - production of cannabis for medicinal and scientific use regulations) that was published in the government gazette today (Friday).
People will be required to apply for a producer’s licence to the Minister.
Dr Parirenyatwa said in case of an individual, proof of citizenship or proof of being ordinarily resident in Zimbabwe or proof of an exemption by the Minister (will be required) and in the case of a company, proof of citizenship or proof of being ordinarily resident in Zimbabwe of the majority of directors or proof of an exemption by the Minister and proof of incorporation in Zimbabwe of the company; and a declaration, signed and dated by the proposed authorized person in charge, stating that the authorized person in charge, the proposed responsible person in charge and, if applicable, the proposed alternate responsible person in charge are familiar with the provisions of the act.
The Minister said he will refuse to issue, renew or amend a producer’s licence when certain requirements have not been met, among them failure by the producer to grant permission for inspection by relevant authorities; and when the Minister has reasonable grounds to believe that false or misleading information was submitted.
Over the years the production and use of marijuana was illegal in the country and possession of the drug could attract up to 12 years in jail.