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Swazi cannabis growers left high and dry by law change

Hidden in the forests of Swaziland, one of the country’s finest exports grows with abandon: the highly potent strain of marijuana known as “Swazi Gold”.

For as long as Simphiwe, 63, can remember, her regular buyers came in person to choose and cut their own “dagga”, as the crop is known. Now the plants waft in the breeze, unwanted. “They did not show up,” she told The Times.

Her customers were nearly all from neighbouring South Africa where, last year, the growing and possession of cannabis for personal use was legalised. The value of Swazi Gold has nosedived since then.

“They don’t need to come here any more, they are all free to farm it themselves,” Simphiwe, a widow, said. “Only the Swazi growers

Hidden in the forests of Swaziland, one of the country’s finest exports grows with abandon: the highly potent strain of marijuana known as “Swazi Gold”.For as long as Simphiwe, 63, can remember, her