I Sell MARIJUANA To SEND My CHILD To School – Mother reveals

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Growing marijuana for medical purposes is now legal in Lesotho, but only big businesses can afford the $10,000 (£7,800) licence.

Small-scale producers, like Mampho Thulo, say they’re being forced to sell illegally.

She says she has no choice but to grow and sell marijuana to the South African black market, in order to pay her child’s school fees.

She has been cultivating the prized crop in her scenic village of Mapoteng for as long as she can remember.

Seventy kilometres (43 miles) north-east of the capital, Maseru, her land lies in a lush valley surrounded by the mountains that the country is well known for.

It is in this breath-taking scenery that people have been illicitly growing marijuana for recreational use for decades.

The high altitude combined with fertile soils, untainted by pesticides, enables growers to produce a high-quality crop, valued all over the world.

Closer to the capital, ranks of workers operate in more laboratory-like conditions in greenhouses to produce legal medicinal marijuana, as the country tries to cash in on its booming demand.

Last year, Lesotho became the first African country to legalise the cultivation of marijuana for medicinal purposes, spawning a new sector in a country where the economy struggles to create employment opportunities.

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