Zimbabwe plants its first legal hemp crop and it’s in a prison yard

Why prison? Because they already had the guards. Seriously.

By Kieran Delamont

2019-10-17

A couple of months ago, Zimbabwe legalized commercial hemp production, a year after legalizing medical marijuana. And this week, the first industrial hemp seeds went into the ground. 

The Zimbabwe Industrial Hemp Trust (ZIHT) planted the first six varieties of hemp in a prison yard. Why prison? Because they already had the guards. Seriously. When asked, the company cited “convenience” and security, so it just made sense. 

ZIHT is the first company to be granted a license to grow industrial hemp in the country. But others think that legalizing cannabis, which is used in traditional medicine in the south African nation, could be an even bigger boon to Zimbabwe. 

 

 

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