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Morocco reports first legal cannabis harvest of 294 metric tons

Morocco reports first legal cannabis harvest of 294 metric tons

MOROCCO'S first legal cannabis harvest was 294 metric tons in 2023 after the country approved its cultivation and export for medicine and industrial uses, cannabis regulator ANRAC said. The harvest was made by 32 cooperatives that brought together 430 farmers covering 277 hectares in the northern Rif mountain areas of Al Houceima, Taounat and Chefchaouen, ANRAC said in an email to Reuters. The United Nations drugs agency says about 47,000 hectares of the Rif are devoted to cannabis output, roughly a third of the amount in 2003 after government crackdowns. This year, the regulator is examining applications by 1,500 farmers…
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Breakthroughs in medicine: top virologist on the two most important developments for Africa

Breakthroughs in medicine: top virologist on the two most important developments for Africa

THERE have been several important breakthroughs in medical science recently. CRISPR, mRNA, next-generation cancer treatments and game-changing vaccines are some of them. Oyewale Tomori, a virologist with decades-long involvement in managing diseases in Nigeria, gives his verdict on the most significant discoveries and what they mean for Africa. OYEWALE TOMORI, Fellow, Nigerian Academy of Science Are these extraordinary times for discoveries in medicine? Yes indeed, the world is living through extraordinary times, but not every part of the world has the luxury of these groundbreaking discoveries in medicine. Time stands extraordinarily still for some people in the world, in terms…
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God and illness: for some South Africans, there’s more to healing than medicine

God and illness: for some South Africans, there’s more to healing than medicine

FOR many people, familiarity breeds trust. Hospitals and clinics can be places of mistrust or uncertainty, in part because they are outside people’s daily lives. Instead, people around the world may place more trust in prayer, worship, and other forms of religious practice and healing when facing physical or mental distress. Authors EDNA N BOSIRE, Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Georgetown University (USA) & Kamuzu University of Health sciences (Malawi); Researcher, DPHRU, University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa) & Brain and Mind Institute, Aga Khan University, East Africa., University of the Witwatersrand EMILY MENDENHALL, Professor, Georgetown University LINDILE CELE, Research associate, SAMRC…
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