High Hopes as Rwanda Approves Marijuana Exports

Rwanda has approved the cultivation and export of marijuana, even though its use for medical or recreational purposes remains illegal in the country. The decision has caused confusion, with some warning it could be detrimental to the youth, if tough controls are not enforced. Marijuana is a multi-billion dollar industry and is believed to be the world's most valuable cash crop. According to the World Health Organisation, marijuana is by far the most widely cultivated, trafficked and abused illicit drug and accounts for half of all drug seizures worldwide. Rwanda hopes to reap big from the economic opportunities it presents for medicinal purposes. The government also sees the marijuana industry as a strategic sector that will create jobs and businesses for communities.

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