The legalization of cannabis, an opportunity for Africa

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Nine African countries could soon legalize cannabis. South Africa, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Nigeria, Morocco, Malawi, Ghana, Eswatini (formerly Swaziland) and Zambia could choose this option by 2023, if one believes the latest report of Prohibition Partners, a think tank that advocates for studies and statistics for a large decriminalization of this drug.

On the continent, Lesotho has been a pioneer, establishing itself as the first to regulate cannabis for medical use in 2008. Ten years later, Zimbabwe followed suit, legalizing its culture, before September in the same year, South Africa allows private consumption between adults.

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The think tank largely stops on the economic potential of such a plant for a continent that already produces 38 000 tonnes per year, without taking advantage of the added value of its marketing. “In no

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