By KETRA KALUNGA
Engage stakeholders that spearheaded the legalization of cannabis cultivation for medicinal and industrial supposes in the implementation process so that the project does not fail, Green Party president, Peter Sinkamba has implored the government.
Government recently announced that it would this year set up three cannabis plantations in North Western, Luapula and Southern provinces which would create over 3 000 jobs for the youths.
Mr. Sinkamba said in an interview the initiators of legal cultivation of should not be side lined because their guidance was cardinal in making the project a success.
He said those who actualized the cultivation of cannabis for medicinal purposes should be part of the implementation process to give guidance on what should be done to ensure success.
‘’We advise that if they want the cannabis plantation project to run successfully, they need to engage the originators of the ideas to guide them on what must be done and done properly so that this thing does not turn out to be a waste of time,’’ he said.
And Mr. Sinkamba urged the government to expedite the process of coming up with an action plan for the implementation of cannabis plantation.
He said there was need to set up an institutional framework for the implementation of the law on cannabis cultivation to actualise processing, manufacturing and export of cannabis for medical and industrial supposes.