The cannabis legalization spree that took over Europe and North America is gradually expanding its scope to Africa.
United Nations’ figures show that over 10, 000 tons of marijuana are produced on the continent each year, which means it has the potential to create a legal cannabis industry worth billions of dollars.
Lesotho recently became the first African country to grant an official permission for growing and production of medical marijuana, making a historic step for the continent.
Its move is part of a wider shift toward more liberal policies among the African countries. More nations are interested in developing a market around the valuable crop as a mean to boost the economy, create jobs and fight poverty.
Morocco, Malawi, South Africa and Ghana are among the top marijuana producers and consumers in Africa and are some of the nations that have expressed interest in exploring the possibilities of cannabis legalization for medical or recreational purposes.
However, each country faces its own legal and cultural challenges that hinder the process of creating a bill that would regulate the market.