Legality of Cannabis by U.S. Jurisdiction

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Cannabis in Zambia is illegal for recreational use. In December 2019, by unanimous decision, it was legalized for export and medicinal purposes only.[1] Cannabis is known as Zam-Blaze,"chamba", chwang, or dobo in Zambia.[2]

In March 2017, Home Affairs Minister Steven Kampyongo clarified that it is legal to cultivate cannabis for medical use if a license is obtained from the Minister of Health.[3] In May 2017, however, Health Minister Dr. Chitalu Chilufya stated that he has no intention of issuing any cultivation licenses.[4][5]


  1. ^ "Zambia legalizes cannabis, kind of". The GrowthOp. 2019-12-16. Retrieved 2019-12-16.
  2. ^ African Economic History. University of Wisconsin, African Studies Program. 1976. p. 21.
  3. ^ "Cultivation of Cannabis for Medicinal purposes is Legal in Zambia-Home Affairs Minister". Lusaka Times. March 2, 2017. Retrieved July 16, 2018.
  4. ^ "Health Ministry has no intention of giving out medical marijuana green light, there are better alternatives around". Lusaka Times. July 7, 2017. Retrieved July 16, 2018.
  5. ^ "Medical Marijuana Laws in Zambia". Retrieved July 16, 2018.