Swaziland: Gold Mine of Marijuana (Part 1/2)


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Swaziland is a landlocked country sandwiched between South Africa and Mozambique. Despite Swaziland’s small size, it boasts more hectares of land dedicated to growing Cannabis than all of India. It is also home to Swazi Gold, the legendary sativa strain.

Hamilton Morris travels to Swaziland hoping to chemically analyze the cannabinoids present in some of the local strains. Instead, he finds a country steeped in political corruption and economic turmoil. Cannabis is viewed by many growers, users, and politicians as a drug that will cause insanity, but it may be Swaziland’s only hope for economic stability.

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Many flock to an area known as “The Emerald Triangle” for well-paying jobs by processing marijuana but the farms are remote, cell service is limited and many go missing. In 2015, Humboldt County reported a disturbing 352 missing people. The dark side of the region where kidnapped mom Sherri Papini was kidnapped while out jogging has come to national attention. The 34-year-old mom of two was also branded by her kidnappers, another sign that she may have been the victim of a sex trafficking ring.
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