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Zimbabwe Becomes Second African Country to Legalize Marijuana Cultivation

The government will allow individuals and businesses to grow marijuana for medical and scientific purposes.

Zimbabwe is the second African nation to legalize marijuana cultivation, reports Reuters.

The country's Minister of Health David Parirenyatwa announced the government's plan to allow individuals and businesses licenses to grow marijuana for medical and scientific purposes.

The five-year license permits growers to produce, possess and sell marijuana, which is known locally as mbanje. Those convicted of past drug offenses are not eligible to apply.


Prior to this ruling, marijuana was illegal in Zimbabwe, those caught with it in their possession faced up to 12 years in prison.

Last year, Lesotho—where marijuana is the main cash crop—granted Africa's first legal marijuana license to a South African medical company.

According to the United Nation's 2017 World Drug Report, the continent is second only to the U.S. in marijuana consumption.

For more on the legalization of weed on the continent, revisit the piece "What Would Legal Marijuana Look Like On the Continent."

UPDATE: According to journalist, Hopewell Chin'ono It appears that gaining a license will set growers back $50,000. He tweeted a picture of what, appears to be, a copy of the application, which lists a cost of $50,000 to produce marijuana, a $20,000 renewal application, a $5,000 fee to conduct marijuana research and more.

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Dying Lagoons Reveal Mexico’s Environmental Racism

In the heart of a traditionally Black and Indigenous use area in Southwest Mexico, decades of environmental destruction now threatens the existence of these communities.

On an early morning in September 2017, in a little fishing village in the Pacific coast of Oaxaca, called Zapotalito, thousands of dead fish floated on the surface of the Chacahua-Pastoría lagoons. A 7.1-magnitude earthquake, which rattled Mexico City on September 19, was felt as far down as Zapotalito, and the very next morning, its Black, Indigenous and poor Mestizo residents, who depend on the area's handful of lagoons for food and commerce, woke up to an awful smell and that terrible scene of floating fish.

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Watch Focalistic & Vigro Deep’s New Music Video For ‘Ke Star’

The 'Lockdown Level 1 anthem' has come to life through fire visuals.

South African artist Focalistic has released a music video to accompany his hit single, "Ke Star" featuring Vigro Deep.

The rising artist continues solidifying his place with his effortless skill of blending his hip-hop roots with a love for amapiano.

South Africans certainly loved it enough to let it into their homes. Social media users quickly began sharing videos of themselves dancing away their lockdown woes to "Ke Star," helping share the track all over the world.

Directed by Steezus in Focalistic's childhood stomping ground, Ga-Rankuwa, Zone 2, the artist mentions: "The video was to try to explain the song in its fullest form and more importantly tell a genuine South African story. We're pushing a movement and there has to be visual representation." He certainly is representing the nation with pride.


Watch the music video for "Ke Star" here.


Focalistic Ke Star (Official Music Video) ft Vigro Deep www.youtube.com

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The 9 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Olamide, Nasty C, Davido, Mr Eazi x Nicki Minaj and more.

Every week, we highlight the cream of the crop in music through our best music of the week column.

Here's our round up of the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks, which you can also check out in our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

Follow our SONGS YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS WEEK playlist on Spotify here, Apple Music here and YouTube Music here

Check out all of OkayAfrica's playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

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Listen to Alicia Keys & Diamond Platnumz’ New Song ‘Wasted Energy’

The Tanzanian music icon and American star team up on the track from her new album, ALICIA.