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Parliament debates legalisation of local cannabis

Parliament is debating a private members bill proposed by Lilongwe South parliamentarian, Peter Dimba, on the legalisation of the local cannabis brand.

Dimba has emphasized in Parliament the need to allow local farmers to participate in the production and sell of the commodity, with proper licensing.

However, UDF leader in the House, Ned Poya has since warned of serious consequences if there are no regulations to prevent the youths from indulging in substance abuse.

Meanwhile, DPP parliamentarians have absconded deliberations after their quest for further consultations on the bill was snubbed.

Mangochi South West parliamentarian Shadreck Namalomba argued that the bill is complex and needs thorough consultations.

Speaking earlier, DPP spokesperson Yusuf Nthenda had praised the move to legalise the local product, saying Malawian cannabis is popular hence the need to capitalise on this strength.

The bill is currently under committee stage, and set to be passed by the house.

By Lonjeo Msodoka and Trust Ofesi

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