ESwatini Cannabis Legalization update 06/08/2020
The withdrawl of the controversial amendment of the Opium and Habit Forming Drugs Act of 1922 (Bill No. 06 of 2020).
Commonly referred to as the bill to legalize cannabis in Eswatini, the Amendment was withdrawn after multiple voices of concern were voiced in Parliament, followed by a 6 month period for review and changes to be made.
Some concerns around the legislation was that it was not inclusive enough to the traditional growers and industry worker that exhist in the current illicit market.
Surrounding the bill withdrawl with controversy has been allegations of corruption and bribery.
S.Can continues to advocate at the legislative level for an all inclusive medical cannabis scheme that includes doctors and traditional healers, as well as a rural growers designation for commercially interested tradition growers.