The Zimbabwe Industrial Hemp Trust (ZIHT) has place in the southern African nation’s initial legal hemp crop just after getting awarded a initial license. ZIHT, primarily based in Harare, mentioned it planted six industrial hemp varieties in a pilot project.

“The added benefits that will be derived from the production of industrial hemp are huge and varied,” Agriculture Minister Perence Shiri mentioned at a ceremony marking the inaugural planting. “This pilot project will give necessary 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 mentioned. 

Strict guidelines stay

Production of industrial hemp was legalized final month in Zimbabwe below a plan in which the well being ministry grants growers licenses valid for up to 5 years, but limits them below strict guidelines. Cannabis for medicinal and scientific use was authorized final year. Possession of recreational cannabis remains illegal in Zimbabwe below a jail term of up to 12 years.

Cannabis was historically banned in Zimbabwe, but is reportedly extensively applied in classic medicine to treat some maladies.