Zimbabwe will change its laws to enable farmers to grow industrial hemp for export, cabinet ministers said on Tuesday, including that the administration considered the to be a future substitute for tobacco, the nation’s greatest export earning crop.
Industrial hemp is a strain of a cannabis species that is grown explicitly for industrial uses of its inferred items. Its fiber is utilized in materials and paper, and it likewise creates palatable seeds.
The southern African country laws just permit the cultivation of cannabis for medicinal and scientific uses.
Authorities said a year ago in April that Zimbabweans could apply for licenses to develop cannabis for therapeutic and research purposes, yet the procedure has been delayed as specialists attempt to set up laws to guarantee cannabis farms are secure.
“But with hemp, it’s not toxic as cannabis,” acting industry and commerce minister July Moyo told a post-cabinet media conference.
“The minister of justice has been directed to say ‘go and make amendments’ to the criminal code in our system so that people who will grow hemp don’t have to be criminalised.”
Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa told the same meeting that “industrial hemp will widen the country’s industrial and export base.”