Africa’s weed race? Zimbabwe now legalises marijuana

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The government has now signaled its intentions to bring the business out of the shadows by awarding the first license for cultivation and sale to South African alternative medicine company Verve Dynamics. More than 10,000 tons of cannabis are produced on the continent each year, according to a UN survey, which advocates believe could be worth billions of dollars in a rapidly expanding global market for legal weed. African governments have not yet followed the trend of legalization seen in Europe and the Americas. However last year, Lesotho became the continent’s first country to offer legal licensesto grow marijuana, signaling a wider shift toward more liberal policies. From Morocco to South Africa, there is growing interest in cashing in on a valuable crop. But in each case there are unique challenges to face. Africa’s weed race? Zimbabwe now legalises marijuana

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