Zambia Medical Association President Aaron Mujajati says Zambia should now start licencing Marijuana farmers in order to reap benefits from the cultivation of the crop.
Last week, Home Affairs Minister Steven Kampyongo clarified in Parliament that cultivation of Marijuana under licence is legal in Zambia.
Dr Mujajati who has emerged as a key proponent of Marijuana cultivation for medicinal purposes said the Minister’s clarification is welcome and timely.
“Now that it is legal, let’s get down to work. Enough has been said. Let’s put are paper work through to the Ministry of Health for licensing as advised by the Ministry of Home Affairs and reap the benefits,” Dr Mujajati wrote on his Facebook page.
Last month, Dr Mujajati caused a stir when he public backed the cultivation of Marijuana in Zambia to be used for medicine.
“Who or what are we waiting for? One hopes that by the time we wake up and smell the coffee time will still be waiting for us,” he warned.
He suggested that the Military or Zambia National Service would be better placed to cultivate the crop in a secure and controlled fashion.
“How soon can we have an open and objective evaluation of the process of getting our home grown marijuana to the market? Medicinal marijuana works. Am not an economist so i cannot speak intelligently on the economic benefits. The risks can be managed, legalise medicinal marijuana,” he said.
Opposition Green Party President Peter Sinkamba was the first to publicly call for the legalisation of Marijuana for medicinal use when he first ran for the republican presidency in 2015.
Mr Sinkamba has consistently argued that Zambia could reap around US$10 billion annual if the country started commercial production of medicinal Marijuana.
According to the 2014 United Nations Annual World Drug Report, Zambia was ranked second highest Marijuana consuming nation, second only to Iceland.
The report said, despite Marijuana usage being illegal in Zambia, the country had 17.7 percent of its population as active users of the drug.
Jamaica was ranked the tenth weed consuming nation with 9.86 % of its population smoking Marijuana.