This afternoon, the Honourable Member for Ntchisi North moved a Motion.
“That considering the commercial viability of medicinal cannabis cultivation, this House resolves that the Honourable Member for Ntchisi North, be allowed to draft and present a Bill in the House, whose objective would be to distinguish the criminalised Indian hemp from medicinal cannabis and further to regularise medicinal cannabis cultivation, production, possession, use and distribution so that only licensed farmers in Malawi should be allowed to grow the same under specified rules and regulations”
The Motion was opened for debate. Some Members including the Minister of Agriculture were of the view that the Motion be deferred to allow government to continue research on the same.
Others Members argued that there was already enough research on the ground regarding cultivation of medicinal cannabis, thus government should work with the mover of the motion to draft the Bill.
The debate was curtailed and the Motion was adopted.