The Ministry of Health and Child Care was part of the Cannabis Roundtable Zimbabwe meeting which was held at the Rainbow Towers Hotel, Harare under the theme” Unlocking the challenges and Potential of Cannabis as an Alternative Medicine. “
Addressing delegates at the meeting this Wednesday, Vice President and Minister of Health and Child Care, Hon. Gen.(Retd)Dr. C.G.D.N. Chiwenga, in a speech read by Deputy Minister Dr. John Mangwiro, said the use of cannabis should be restricted to medicinal uses and research.
“I would like to underscore that whilst the Government encourages the legal production of Cannabis for medicinal use as well as for research purposes”, said the Vice President through Dr. Mangwiro.
The Ministry of Health and Child Care and the Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe (MCAZ) are the authorities to consult if one is keen to embark on Cannabis production and beneficiation, the Minister reiterated.
The Minister encouraged local professionals not to be left behind if there are genuine socio-economic and environmental benefits that accrue from cannabis.
“It is therefore quite remarkable that Zimbabwe’s nascent cannabis industry is gathered here today, to map strategies around the potential and challenges of cannabis as alternative medicine”, said Dr. Chiwenga.
To date, the Ministry of Health and Child Care has issued more than 60 Medicinal Cannabis licences and the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Development has issued more than 25 Hemp permits.
Zimbabwe became the second country in Africa after Lesotho to legalise the production of Cannabis for Medicinal and Scientific purposes in 2018. Cannabis is expected to grow from USD 28 billion in 2021 to USD 197 billion by 2028.