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How cannabis benefits developing countries

For decades, the powers that be vilified cannabis and anyone associated with it, blaming society’s downfall on anyone who dared use it. They failed to realise that they were standing in the way of progress with their narrow-minded views. Luckily, as time went on and world views changed, more people started to realise the benefits of cannabis, especially in Third World countries. But how exactly does cannabis benefit developing countries?

How cannabis benefits developing countries

Far from just being the “evil” plant used to make marijuana or “devil’s lettuce” to get people high, cannabis has many potential benefits.

The science community has finally started to notice these benefits. And now that scientists are taking it seriously, others are following suit.

Today, more people than ever before are using cannabis to help with a number of things, especially since there have been several studies showing that cannabis has an array of potential therapeutic benefits for people suffering from pain, inflammation, and addiction to name a few.

There is also a lot of evidence that shows cannabis benefits Third World countries. Many of these countries have the perfect climate and conditions for growing cannabis, with plenty of rain and sunlight. This opens the doors for cannabis companies to invest in these poverty-stricken areas, grow the economy, and improve overall conditions.

A few examples of developing countries that have climates perfect for growing cannabis are:

  • Jamaica
  • Afghanistan
  • Columbia
  • Ghana
  • Mexico
  • South Africa
  • Malawi
  • Zimbabwe
  • Zambia
  • Uganda
  • Kenya
  • The Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Lesotho

These Third World countries that have existing trading channels, can use these channels to supply companies from wealthier areas with premium quality cannabis who in turn improve the economy.

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Combat poverty and improve wealth

With more countries decriminalising marijuana each year, Third World countries will have the opportunity for growth, creating more jobs and wealth for those who need it most.

This is especially true in Jamaica, where a government program known as the Alternative Development Programme (ADP) has been established. This program helps local farmers grow cannabis on a much larger scale in order to supply big cannabis companies.

Besides being a source of income, developing countries can also use the seeds to make food, supplements, oil, clothes, and much more. This can help make a struggling country a sustainable one. China is proof of this, as it uses hemp to combat poverty in its most impoverished areas. It is now the biggest producer of hemp seeds in the world, with the government supplying farmers with everything they need to be successful.

Reduce and prevent drug and gang-related crime

Crime is a known problem in developing countries, as poverty breeds it. In areas where money is scarce, people are likely to turn to crime to survive. Becoming a drug runner or dealer is especially popular.

By decriminalising marijuana, crime will decrease exponentially, as drug and gang-related crimes are the most prevalent in Third World countries. By getting rid of one of organised crime’s biggest sources of income (the sale of illegal marijuana) a country can improve its crime rate and there will be even less incentive for people to join gangs now that there are other legal options available to them thanks to an increase in job opportunities.

The future of cannabis

So far, only a few countries grow cannabis legally. However, with public opinion changing and an increasing number of cannabis companies being established, the demand for it will increase. This will open the door for developing countries to cash in on a new market.

However, it is up to the governments of these countries whether these opportunities will be available to them. They are the ones that need to legalise cannabis in order to utilise it.

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With all the benefits cannabis has to offer, it’s only a matter of time before more countries legalise it and start reaping the benefits of this amazing plant.

You may also like to read: Medical Cannabis UK Guide

Vicky-Leandra Teixeira

Vicky is a content writer with a background in copywriting. When not writing, she can be found watching horror movies with her husband and playing Animal crossing with her best friend. She adores dogs, Disney, true crime, and spending all day in her pyjamas with her slightly chubby cat, Pooh Bear.

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