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Growing Renewable Industrial Hemp May Become Legal in Malawi

On 16th June 2016, Parliament resolved that government should legalise the growing and usage of industrial hemp, both at policy and legislative levels.

'Industrial hemp must be recognized, appropriately, as an agricultural crop, for industrial purposes distinct from other cannabis varieties.' - Speaker of the National Assembly, Rt. Hon. Richard Msowoya.

According to Forbes, Industrial Hemp is a renewable resource, which has been used for various industrial applications including paper, textiles, and cordage. Industrial hemp has also been used in health foods, organic body care, clothing, construction materials, biofuels, plastic composites and more. It has been argued that more than 25,000 products can be made from hemp.

Coleen Elliott

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