The Zimbabwe Industrial Hemp Association (ZIHA) is to push for the Harare government to relax the THC restrictions for hemp. It wants Zimbabwe to align with Malawi and define hemp as having THC levels of up to 1%. Harare’s legislated limit for hemp is that cannabis plants must have less than 0,3% THC to qualify.
The THC levels in hemp are fundamental to the development of a southern African hemp industry. The European Union and the United States have set their definitions of hemp as having 0,3% of THC or less. This is not problematic in colder climates as THC levels are easier to control and can be cultivated consistently at low levels.
However, by its nature, Africa just can’t help but spike THC levels, which obviously poses major problems around the consistency of supply. The net effect is that sub-Saharan Africa may not get out of the starting blocks as a net exporter of hemp (ostracized by western legal definition), even with the potential advantage of being a low-cost producer.
ZIHA chairperson, Dr. Zorodzai Maroveke told Cannabiz Africa in an exclusive interview on 30 August 2021 that a commercial entity in Zimbabwe was preparing to send three tons of dried hemp flowers to Switzerland for testing purposes.
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