The Zambia government has in principle given approval for the cultivation, processing and exporting of cannabis for economic and medicinal purposes, a spokesperson has said.

Chief Government Spokesperson Dora Siliya said cabinet, during its sitting last week, gave approval to a ministerial technical committee for the cultivation, processing and export of marijuana.

She said in a statement on Monday that cabinet has since directed the health ministry to provide overall leadership and coordinate the issuance of licenses for the cultivation, processing and export of Marijuana for medicinal purposes.

Cabinet has further directed the health ministry to ensure that applicable policy guidelines and procedures were followed as well as ensure that the implementation was within existing policy guidelines and overall legal framework in consultation with any relevant ministries and other relevant stakeholders.

The issue of allowing the commercial growing of marijuana has been hot in Zambia, with some stakeholders arguing that the country could earn millions of money through the export of marijuana for medicinal purposes. Enditem

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