Malawi legalises medical cannabis

The Malawi government has legalised the cultivation, production, import and export of cannabis for medical and industrial use. It is hoped that by encouraging the cannabis industry the country will become less dependent on sales of tobacco products, which currently account for 60% of its foreign exchange earnings. The new law has detailed regulations for cannabis businesses that prohibit children working in the sector. This follows recent restrictions on US tobacco imports from Malawi as a result of reports of child labour in that sector.