MP wants mbanje legalised


Nonsikelelo Moyo, Chronicle Reporter
A Parliamentarian has urged Government to legalise the production of mbanje for export purposes to fund the health sector.

The call comes at a time when government has said it is considering an application that has been made by a Canadian international company to produce cannabis for medical purposes, a move that will see the country legalising the production and use of marijuana in selected areas.

Speaking during the 2018 Parliamentary pre-budget seminar, Musikavanhu legislator Prosper Mutseyami (MDC-T) said some countries are generating money through the sale of mbanje.

“We are failing as a country to provide adequate health services for our people. But why can’t we legalise the sale of mbanje for export?” asked Mr Mutseyami.

He said some countries’ economies are doing well because of the money generated from selling the drug.

“We have countries like Uruguay and United States of America who have legalised selling weed. They’re making millions of dollars through that and their health sectors are blossoming. I therefore recommend the ministry to revisit the 1957 policy on mbanje as it can contribute to the fiscus,” said the MP.

In an interview, the Minister of Health and Child Care, Dr David Parirenyatwa, said recreational use of mbanje has side effects especially on youths.

“We are very cautious and aware of the uses of mbanje. It falls into three phases that is recreational, industrial and medical.

“If taken for recreational purposes, the harm to our people mainly the youths will be irreparable because if taken, it makes one to have high appetite and it always causes psychotic illnesses — what we call madness, rowdy behaviour among other effects,” said the Minister.

“We need to be very careful about letting it loose but on the medical side, l will consider a serious criticism like what other countries have done.” — @nonsy_m

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  • Jotham

    The MP is assured of maximum support from Mandiitawedhob Chimene. In fact, Mandi is supposed to spearhead this one.

    • Je M’appelle Kindness Khupe

      make tht minister president

  • makhosi

    This is a classic ironic situation. Mbanje is illegal in the country for health reasons. Now we want to legalise export for the benefit of the health sector. We should have a spine, if we say mbanje is unhealthy, we shouldn’t produce it. Otherwise we legalise it first then we can produce and export.
    it really doesn’t sound right.

    • Mlungiseni Mgwaja

      Through self care, love and compassion for yourself you’ll find all of your needs are met.

    • Je M’appelle Kindness Khupe

      mbanje is healthy

      • makhosi

        unless misused


    This is how petty our MPs can get!!! Yes, mbanje is an issue worth discussing, but at this juncture??? The MP should address pertinent issues like government expenditure, cutting down the blotted parliament that the economy cannot sustain, stopping this obnoxious Mugabe dynasty, rule of law, etc. These are major issues affecting Zimbabwe today, not mbanje!!!!

    • Je M’appelle Kindness Khupe

      we want mbanje

    • makhosi

      May seen petty but if done well, can produce as much as tobacco to the GDP.

      its one of those!!

  • Je M’appelle Kindness Khupe

    “Should Marijuana Be Legalized?“ I conducted research to to understand the benefits and risks of marijuana. Here are just ten of the many health benefits attributed to the plant, as well as some of the problems associated with its use:

    1. Alzheimer’s

    Marijuana may be able to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, according to research by the Scripps Research Institute published in “Molecular Pharmaceutics.”

    2. Anxiety

    Harvard Medical School found that marijuana may have anti-anxiety effects. Of course, keep in mind that high doses may increase anxiety and paranoia.

    3. Arthritis

    Marijuana can alleviate pain and inflammation linked to arthritis.

    4. Cancer

    5. Epilepsy

    Studies conducted by researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University indicate that marijuana may stop seizures.

    6. Glaucoma

    Researchers are working to develop new cannabis-based drugs to treat glaucoma pain after determining marijuana’s effectiveness for treating the condition. Glaucoma is a condition that increases pressure inside the eyeball and can lead to vision loss.

    7. Lung health

    Research in the “Journal of the American Medical Association“ found that marijuana can increase lung capacity – not decrease it, as many people have long believed.

    8. Multiple sclerosis

    A study published in the “Canadian Medical Association Journal” found that cannabinoids significantly reduced multiple sclerosis pain.

    9. Nausea

    Marijuana contains a minimum of 60 cannabinoids. THC is the primary chemical associated with its mind-altering effects. THC has been used in the treatment of nausea, including drug- or chemotherapy-induced nausea.

    10. Parkinson’s Disease

    Research published in “MedPage Today” found that marijuana use eased tremors
    and improved fine motor skills in patients with Parkinson’s disease. go ahead minister

  • sinti

    we should instead trade in flowers and day old chicks which we used to do