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PRESS STATEMENT BY THE CHIEF GOVERNMENT SPOKESPERSON ON THE DECISIONS MADE BY CABINET AT THE 22ND SPECIAL MEETING HELD ON WEDNESDAY, 4TH DECEMBER, 2019

I wish to confirm that Cabinet at its 22nd special sitting held on 4th December, 2019 gave approval, in principle, to the Ministerial Technical Committee for the cultivation, processing and exporting of cannabis for economic and medicinal purposes.
The Ministerial Technical Committee comprises of Ministers of Justice, Defence, Home Affairs, Finance, National Development Planning, Commerce, Trade and Industry, Agriculture and Health.

In this regard, Cabinet directed Ministry of Health to provide overall leadership and coordinate the issuance of licenses for the cultivation, processing and export of cannabis for medicinal purposes under the Dangerous Drugs, CAP. 95.

Cabinet also directed that the Ministry of Health ensures that applicable policy guidelines and procedures are followed as well as ensure that the implementation is within the existing policy guidelines and overall legal framework in consultation with any relevant Ministries and other relevant stakeholders.

The Ministry of Health was further directed to provide Cabinet with a periodic update on the implementation of this Cabinet decision.
OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT CABINET OFFICE
LUSAKA


16TH DECEMBER, 2019.

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