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:
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.
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Parirenyatwa said the type of cannabis Government is legalising is called sativa sativa which is less narcotic.