Kigali. Rwanda has approved the cultivation and export of cannabis, a highly addictive herb often smoked or mixed with food, but which is still considered an illicit drug by the country’s laws.
The government’s decision could be controversial, considering the country’s tough stance on narcotics, with daily arrests of consumers and traffickers of marijuana.
On Monday, a day before it was approved, three women were arrested for peddling the substance.
Authorities said they suspected them to be “drug dealers” in Rubavu District after they were caught with 1,800 pellets of cannabis.
Rwanda’s health minister Daniel Ngamije said despite government’s intention to profit from the production and export of narcotics, it would continue to be illegal in certain instances.
“This will not give room to drug abusers and dealers. The law against narcotics is available and it will continue to…