ZCLDN Calls For Decriminalizing of Drug Use

THE Zimbabwe Civil Liberties and Drug Network (ZCLDN) say they welcome the move by MCAZ of issuing licences to all companies and individuals who are in the production and selling of medicinal cannabis but have reservations with the part where the authority warned that those caught selling cannabis without licences will be prosecuted for selling unapproved medicines.

By Staff Reporter

In a statement, ZCLDN said the approavl of medicinal cannabis will go a long way in assisting people with chronic illnesses such as cancer and arthritis, among others.

As an organisation we applaud the government’s role in upholding international statutes in helping people with chronic illnessis. MCAZ, however, warned those caught selling cannabis without licences that they will be prosecuted for selling unapproved medicines.

“Zimbabwe’s laws for possession of cannabis for personal use are very strict while cannabis use remains highly stigmatised. As such, we call upon the government of Zimbabwe to reform the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act, Chapter 9:23 (57) and the Dangerous Drugs Act Chapter 15 to enable the full implementation of the Zimbabwe National Drug Master Plan in offering harm reduction services for people who use and inject drugs,” said the statement.

The licensing of medicinal cannabis players is in line with the 30th special session of the General Assembly, convened in accordance with Assembly resolution 67/193 of December 20, 2012 held at United Nations Headquarters from April 19-21, 2016 where parties highlighted “the need to enhance national efforts and international cooperation at all levels to address that situation by promoting measures to ensure their availability and accessibility for medical and scientific purposes, within the framework of national legal systems, while simultaneously preventing their diversion, abuse and trafficking, in order to fulfill the aims and objectives of the three international drug control conventions.

Meanwhile, ZCLDN  has called upon the government to speed up the establishment of public rehabilitation centers, one per Province for the treatment of people who use drugs. The current private rehabilitation centers are beyond the reach of the majority.

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