Flashback: what minister of health Chitalu Chilufya told parliament before he realised that he can personally reap millions of US Dollars by cultivating dagga👇🏼
LICENCING CANNABIS CULTIVATION WILL CREATE DISASTER FOR ZAMBIA- DR. CHITALU CHILUFYA
Minister of Health Dr. Chitalu Chilufya said the licensing of marijuana cultivation for medicinal or other purposes cures no illness that conventional medicine cannot do but potentially entails disaster for the country.
He said the wanton cultivation of marijuana will have drastic negative potential consequences to the social fabric of Zambia.
He said allowing the cultivation of cannabis increased its availability and acceptability which creates a public health concern.
He said although the Dangerous Drugs Act of 1967, gives the Minister of Health discretion to give or reject licence to cultivate cannabis for medicinal purposes, he said government had no capacity to supervise such a stringent process.
Chitalu said the body of knowledge on cannabis medicinal value was growing and when sufficient information is scientifically gathered, Zambia might in future, consider the cultivation, trade and exportation of cannabis.
Chitalu was speaking when he gave a Ministerial Statement in Parliament in November 2017.