The Zimbabwe Industrial Hemp Trust (ZIHT) has place in the southern African nation’s 1st legal hemp crop following becoming awarded a 1st license. ZIHT, primarily based in Harare, stated it planted six industrial hemp varieties in a pilot project.
“The positive aspects that will be derived from the production of industrial hemp are huge and varied,” Agriculture Minister Perence Shiri stated at a ceremony marking the inaugural planting. “This pilot project will deliver critical information . . . for the effective production of this crop,”
The pilot test internet site is at a prison in Harare, selected for its tight safety, ZIHT stated.
Strict guidelines stay
Production of industrial hemp was legalized final month in Zimbabwe beneath a system in which the well being ministry grants growers licenses valid for up to 5 years, but limits them beneath strict guidelines. Cannabis for medicinal and scientific use was authorized final year. Possession of recreational cannabis remains illegal in Zimbabwe beneath a jail term of up to 12 years.
Cannabis was historically banned in Zimbabwe, but is reportedly broadly applied in standard medicine to treat some maladies.