Sunday, March 3, 2024

Cabinet Approves Introduction of Bills to Provide for Economic Processing and Exportation of Cannabis


Cabinet has at its 18th meeting today approved, in principle, to the introduction of Bills in Parliament to provide for cultivation, processing and exportation of cannabis for economic and medicinal purposes in accordance with the United Nations Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, 1961.

Cabinet has further approved the incorporation of relevant pieces of legislation aimed at domestication of the United Nations Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs by the introduction of an Agency which shall designate land for cultivation and issue licences to cultivators and the definition of cannabis to provide for medicinal cannabis and industrial hemp, separately.

Chief Government spokesperson Dora Siliya says the Government has identified cannabis as an economic commodity that has the potential to contribute positively to the development of the country.

She however said that currently, the legal framework to facilitate the cultivation, processing and export of medicinal cannabis and industrial hemp is inadequate.

Ms Siliya said Cabinet also approved the appointment of the full membership for the Council of the Zambia Institute of Advanced Legal Education in accordance with the Zambia Institute of Advanced Legal Education Act, No. 19 of 2009.

She said under Section 4(2) of the Act, the Council is mandated to among other things, set minimum educational entry qualifications for persons seeking enrolment as students of the Institute, provide minimum educational qualifications for students who wish to be admitted to the legal bar, accredit law schools at private and public universities and set the criteria for accreditation and issue certificates to persons who are successful candidates in examinations conducted by the Council.

Further, Ms Siliya said cabinet also approved the appointment of a five member Valuation Surveyors Registration Board in accordance with Section 4 of the Valuation Surveyors Act, No. 34 of 1976, Chapter 207 of the Laws of Zambia.

She said the tenure of office of the members of the Valuation Surveyors Registration Board ended in December, 2019.

Ms Siliya said in a statement that one of the responsibilities of the board, is to issue practicing licenses to its members.

She said Cabinet, therefore, felt the need for the appointment of the members of the Valuation Surveyor’s Registration Board in order to effectively regulate the practice of valuation in the country.


  1. It is now time for progressives to join Zambian Hemp Growers and Industries Association (ZAMHEMP).

    The wheels of progress are now turning. Training of hemprenuers starts next month.


    Shala wambe!

  2. I hope they will tight controls on domestic use!!! With large idling youth population. We risk having deranged youths.

  3. Law enforcement as in regulation is a problem in Zambia. Why should anyone think we will make a difference in cannabis? Further, those dreaming of riches in this business, come diwn to earth. Why should Zambian cannabis be preferred to that of any country? Good luck to those looking for opportunities in this business.

  4. Nigeria’s former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, in his condolence letter for Buruji Kashamu which he addressed to the Ogun State governor, Dapo Abiodun said although “Senator Esho Jinadu (Buruji Kashamu) in his lifetime used the manoeuvre of law and politics to escape from facing justice” but not the cold hand of death.
    Kashamu during his lifetime was a critic of Obasanjo ever since the latter alleged in his book “My Watch” that the former was wanted for drug pushing in America.
    In the condolence letter, Obasanjo who was writing from Agbe L’Oba House, Quarry Road, Ibara in Abeokuta, Ogun State, described the life and history of Kashamu as a journey that should offer lessons for “those of us on this side of the veil”.
    “Senator Esho Jinadu (Buruji Kashamu) in his lifetime used the…

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    “Senator Esho Jinadu (Buruji Kashamu) in his lifetime used the manoeuvre of law and politics to escape from facing justice on alleged criminal offence in Nigeria and outside Nigeria.
    “But no legal, political, cultural, social or even medical manoeuvre could stop the cold hand of death when the Creator of all of us decides that the time is up.”
    The comment has however attracted divided comments from Nigerians.

  6. Zambians will grow the weed, then Sudanese will process. Sales will be handled by drug experts like Findlay.

  7. KZ, how much is a 2 bedroomed council apartment in East London ? I have a desperate cousin looking for one there.

  8. I have 10 acres of Hindu Kush and 6 acres of Durban Poison 8 months remains to harvest both. Weed farming is my passion, I hope this bill gets passed into law soon enough.

  9. I have 10 acres of Hindu Kush and 6 acres of Durban poison with 8 months remaining to harvest.
    Weed farming is my passion, I hope this bill gets passed soon enough.

  10. KZ I need a two bed room flat in east London near were you live .How much will that cost tax payer to rent on for writing rubbish on Lusaka times defending PF thieves in Zambia who have run down the economy .

  11. If we took this action 20 years ago, would would our economy have reached by now? What else are we supposed to do that we should have done 20 years ago? Please let us be decisive in making decisions.

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