The legalisation of cannabis commonly known as mbanje for medicinal purposes has been received as a welcome development by various stakeholders in the health sector. Zimbabwe National Traditional Healers Association (ZINATHA) Secretary for Education, Mr. Prince Mutandi Sibanda, said they welcome this move as traditional healers use it as a herb that can cure various ailments.
Zimbabwe Association for Doctors for Human Rights Secretary, Dr. Evans Masitara said the move means that government views marijuana as a source of national revenue. He however, warned people against using mbanje for recreational purposes as it is still a criminal offence.
Recently, government published new regulations allowing individuals and companies to be licensed for marijuana cultivation. The licence fee has been pegged at $50 000 to ensure that those interested have the capacity to provide necessary security and also meet government demands. Lesotho is another African country that has legalised medicinal use of cannabis, with Malawi and South Africa considering legalising it for exports.