Malawi approves cultivation of potent domestic marijuana strain

By Thulani Mpofu April 3, 2024

Malawi’s parliament has voted to legalise the cultivation of a local cannabis variety but for medicinal and industrial use only. 

Bloomberg said on March 28, quoting the parliament leader Richard Chimwendo Banda, that smoking of the highly potent and globally acclaimed strain, locally known as 'chamba' and 'Malawi Gold', remains prohibited.

“Nowhere in the bill is it written that people will be allowed to use this chamba for recreational purposes,” he said.

Malawi Gold is "a legendary landrace strain recognised as an international prize, priding itself on its complex flavor profile and intense, cerebral high," industry publication Herb wrote.

Malawi joins a growing list of southern African nations that are legalising production of cannabis for medicinal and industrial use. 

Lesotho was the first in 2017, followed by Zimbabwe and South Africa a year later. Zambia did the same three years later. Botswana's high court allowed a company to grow cannabis for industrial and medicinal purposed in January 2022. They hope to benefit from the economic potential of the multi-purpose crop.

Malawi Gold is "a legendary landrace strain recognised as an international prize, priding itself on its complex flavor profile and intense, cerebral high," industry publication Herb wrote.

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