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TEN cooperatives have been created to spearhead the implementation of the cannabis policy in the country once it is fully sanctioned.

All the 10 provinces will have at least one company each.

Zambia Hemp Growers and Industries Association (Zamhemp) chairperson, Peter Sinkamba, said the association had formed the 10 special purpose vehicles to lead the implementation of the cannabis policy programme countrywide.

“There is one company per province which has been assigned to coordinate the implementation process. We have the Lusaka Hemp Company, Copperbelt Hemp Company, Southern Hemp Company, Eastern Hemp Company and others in the remaining regions.

“We have already started implementing the policy,” he said in an interview.

Mr Sinkamba said that having a hemp company in each province meant that the implementation process was going to be quickened because the association would have representation countrywide.

And Mr Sinkamba also said that whichever political party would form government after the August 12 elections, would carry on with the implementation process because it was already on course and the wheels were already rolling.

He was confident that the marijuana policy was one of the most successful programmes being implemented in the country by the government.

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