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Zambian govt approves cannabis production for economic, medicinal purposes

CABINET has given approval, in principle, to the Ministerial Technical Committee for the cultivation, processing and exporting of cannabis for economic and medicinal purposes.

Chief government spokesperson Dora Siliya said this follows the decisions made by cabinet at the 22nd special meeting held on Wednesday December 4.

“I wish to confirm that Cabinet…gave approval, in principle, to the Ministerial Technical Committee for the cultivation, processing and exporting of cannabis for economic and medicinal purposes,” she said.

She said the Ministerial Technical Committee comprises of Ministers of Justice, Defence, Home Affairs, Finance, National Development Planning, Commerce, Trade and Industry, Agriculture and Health.

“In this regard, Cabinet directed Ministry of Health to provide overall leadership and coordinate the issuance of licenses for the cultivation, processing and export of cannabis for medicinal purposes under the Dangerous Drugs, CAP. 95,” she said.

Siliya said Cabinet also directed that the Ministry of Health ensures that applicable policy guidelines and procedures were followed as well as ensure that the implementation was within the existing policy guidelines and overall legal framework in consultation with relevant ministries and other stakeholders.

She said the Ministry of Health was further directed to provide Cabinet with a periodic update on the implementation of this Cabinet decision.

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