In a statement Health Minister David Parirenyatwa said it is still a criminal offence to smoke mbanje for recreational purposes.
He also said growing mbanje without approval from Government is still a criminal offence. Said Parirenyatwa:
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Possession of cannabis other than for medicinal or scientific purposes is still therefore still illegal in Zimbabwe. For emphasis, licensing is still imperative for medicinal or industrial cannabis use.
Parirenyatwa said the type of cannabis Government is legalising is called sativa sativa which is less narcotic.
Mbanje (in English Cannabis or Dagga) is a plant most known for being a smoked recreational drug. However, the plant has other commercial uses such as hemp fibre, medicine, oils. In Zimbabwe, possession of the drug without the required farming license is a crime. Mbanje... Read More About Mbanje
David Parirenyatwa is a medical practitioner and the former Minister of Health and Child Welfare. He is a politician affiliated to the Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front (Zanu-PF) party. In September 2018 Parirenyatwa was arrested over allegations of criminal abuse of office and was... Read More About David Parirenyatwa