GREEN Party adopted candidate for the Livingstone Constituency, Teddy Andrew Mulenga, has said that his party’s plans to legalise marijuana will help to boost the revenue base for the country.
Dr Mulenga, who is an obstetrician by profession, said marijuana would be promoted as a cash crop to raise the much needed revenue for Zambia.
He was speaking at Livingstone Lodge at the weekend during the Livingstone Press Club (LPC) Public Debate Forum for aspiring parliamentary candidates in the August 11, 2016 General Elections.
Earlier, a Livingstone based political analyst, Paul Lipova, had asked Dr Mulenga on how safe the country would be when his party legalised marijuana.
In response, Dr Mulenga caused laughter when he said that the proceeds from marijuana sale would be used to repay the debt which the current Government had accumulated.
“Marijuana is a cash crop which we want to promote and not for smoking purposes. We will need to grow marijuana to boost the country’s revenue and repay the increasing debt.
“I am a medical doctor with 30 years of experience and I can’t promise something that will bring harm to you. Mariana never kills anybody,” Dr Mulenga said.
He said there were more people who were dying from alcohol and that he had never heard of people who were dying from marijuana.
“Alcohol is danger to society than the medicinal marijuana which we are trying to promote.
“Money is on the surface in Zambia and outside the box. As a Member of Parliament for Livingstone, I will ensure that we grow the green stuff (marijuana),” Dr Mulenga.