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Zambian Police Raid Home of Cannabis Activist
Author: Jon Hiltz 10/07/2017 - 18:51:00

The normalization of marijuana continues to take hold in many parts of the world, so it’s easy to forget that there are some places which are still stuck deep in the dark ages of prohibition. 

In May of this year, Marijuana.com spoke with David Julian Wightman. The Canadian-raised journalist turned cannabis activist moved back to his birth country of Zambia in 2013 to take care of his ailing father. It did not take long for David to notice the significant number of people being arrested and jailed for cannabis-related offenses in Zambia. 

Upon witnessing these injustices, David began writing about what was happening on the ground. He even started a NORML Zambia Facebook page, inspired but not affiliated with NORML in North America. 

Over the weekend, David’s home was raided by Zambian police and his brother Nicholas was taken into custody. David was not home at the time, so the authorities are looking to arrest him as soon as possible.

“To the best of my knowledge, I have been targeted for the work I am currently engaged in to push for cannabis legalization in Zambia,” said David. “In the last couple days, a state of emergency has been threatened by the Zambian president, meaning that police have been given extra powers. It is my understanding from talking to the Drug Enforcement Commission officer in charge who raided the farm, that they are taking advantage of the new police powers to come after me without a search warrant.”

David believes that he has been singled out because of his efforts to bring attention to cannabis reform. “There is no doubt in my mind that I have been specifically targeted for speaking out against the grave injustices and human rights violations committed every single day by the Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC).”

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