Practice English Speaking&Listening with: Swaziland: Gold Mine of Marijuana (Part 1/2)

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Hello, I am Hamilton

and I'm currently standing on the outskirts of a weed field in Swaziland.

And, I am holding in my hand a plastic bag full of Swaziland gold nugs

and I am grateful to be here

very grateful to be here


with a temperate climate majestic waterfalls and an abundance of playful

monkeys the kingdom of swaziland would appear to be heaven on earth

get this swaziland has the highest prevalence of HIV in the world and

for every 6,000 people ruled by King Swantee the third sub-saharan Africa's

last absolute monarchy the citizens of swaziland are taunted by the Kings 200

million dollar bank account and numerous palaces occupied by his 15 lives

although over two-thirds of the population lives under the poverty line

king with swatilands taxes the meager income swazi farmers earned from their crops

but one crop remains exempt because it was never approved


bringing it up

swansea gold is a pure sativa strain that is said to take six months to

mature and can grow over 10 feet in height

additionally the plants are rumored to be completely devoid of the cannabinoid

CB d

but i wanted to test this for myself so i began collecting samples for analysis

contrary to the popular image of cannabis growers as stoners and hippies

the growers of swaziland are predominantly drug naive grandmother's

who grow the plant out of pure economic necessity i had read in books that

cannabis has a distinctive odor and appearance but nothing could have

prepared me for my first time seeing the plant the drug users refer to as pot is

it that another would have been fine it's called me back

Oh like I like being born about Michael I nearby durable permitting

man singing that we don't have the same black enamel on planting corn and

singing and what the hell is he leads the whereabouts of them so popular list

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swaziland cannabis is not measured by weight but by volume and the grandmother

brought a deck a liter sack of her most resonance

snugs looks so sad they were not it brings out a single since this is a good


they can shop made a living hell ya doing the car

I guess this is enough

very good onward

so this and this area and it should be

they produce the best guy in the world the quad money from Gandhi to everything

just because the system of government is the Latino people who mostly benefits

from the government and the people from the real families or friends of the team

the system is a system of oppression right

good day event 0 UT Mandy would enable is a matter which is no kuni no papa

yeah anyhow you're kidding right

p learned what a family but we'll get them with the country and fiscal crisis

and its former wood pulp and mining industries exhausting the last of

swaziland natural resources

dr. Donna me has one of the few remaining solutions to attract foreign

investors and protect the country from economic collapse

we've been spending the last two days traveling around visiting different

farmers and talking to them about how they feel about cannabis legalization

and things like that and a lot of them are actually against it

they don't want it to be legal because they'll make less money I have

I wasn't as other and contract those problems on TV

the evil ones who are happy with that situation

those who are who wanted to profit by themselves because they are the only

ones who have the guts to go out there and break the law

yes but it all the law abiding persons they don't have the opportunity to grow


now we want to remove the door so that everyone can have the opportunity to go

if he wants to do

we ended up getting a massage your bundle into lemon . for all of us in

your things

eating i muted failing in vernal about novel , killing i'm going to the last

why we're going to content element cheese and seeing them time and I limit

myself to move it open

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it was having a snob

we are you telling me something cool about it be able pan and turns it really

wasn't my choice anymore gala baliga it was what I'm telling Lucia it the

angrier than a 16-11 I saying about me and they go fully known for kind of

combat seen you standing in front on the village

have fun and one of the middle of himself in the corner office at two

limits the middle of next week when see this report two types of grows into

present some of the growers are under commissioned by some of the European

consumers of the of of cannabis when it's ready

those people who wanted to come and pick it up then they is somebody else who

sees me being prosperous because of growing cannabis and then he said he's

growing economies and just getting so much money and whatnot so let me do the

same and he does it he doesn't have the market

so once he has the connection is all she doesn't know what to do with it

those are the people who are you

in trouble because they have no matter they don't know what to do

then they bring it to a doctor ben de lami introduced me to his Rastafarian

colleague an expert on the history of swansea cold

yeah i know most of the guys who by their middle man you know to go ad very

inside in there in a min in this African market gets back in the day it was a

white guy is used to buy it and ship it the white guys now we'll still have

contact with the farmers have project could seat and the second fuse just a

tiny drop of the farmers who can grow high grade

the market is no longer dominated by the original six months swazi gold and there

is now a demand for fast-growing hybrids imported from Europe in the data and

such as all this was a cult

there are no different categories that this is blueberry this is cheese this is

what this is what - there's also available tomorrow when i came from pic


that's where it originates and will interest the the best swimming area so

i'll speak speak

we went into town to see if the Swazi product was being sold locally or if it

was solely intended for export some of these guys obviously they go to the

farms the middle men that is they go to the farms and rob the poor farmers of

their produce to go sell what its money is valuable you know I'm saying

and then they take the weed and consonant are so to the middle minutes

would add value and go so wherever we've got their markets Africa produces more

cannabis than any other continent in the world and swaziland

despite its small size indicates more hectares of land to cannabis cultivation

then all of India

Master it doesn't mean that you have dreadlocks to be an ass they need to

have a heart

so you don't think I'm a roster can be at us a list i am around

there's no need to college to be a master good at like that one interesting

thing about cannabis growers in swaziland is they never get high on

their own supply me move in the monkey obviously producing and we've got a live

in door neighbor

ya thang magising them in San next to a la palma can withstand then one sulla

new be again all up with their lives and they also have matter and yeah if we

used to get us off ? like India when i'm working in swaziland I meet the

policeman day they that they tell me that you know what I'm promoting

promoting the growing of Kennedy's means that a lot of people would get mad that

a lot of people in psychiatric center they are there because of kind of these

because I told them that's rubbish is class reps

the ignorance we have is causing us to suffer and the many people are dying

because of ignorance because they have been told that cannabis is dangerous for

you never touch it

yes so they lose the opportunity of getting a better life because you're

your answer stars in the past used Kenobi's your body knows that there is

the best thing I need on earth is economies and it looks for it

hello here comes the sack and a bed like this so much control over 50,000 $15,000

seems much more expensive than other bags the big one

why why is this so much more expensive than the other

Suozzi goal that we've seen in the past and I think because the route 7

okay now you're gonna might mean it and I ok then we can see even more Fupa

cool okay in a key good job

farmers report the iron-rich soil is ideal for growing candidates without the

use of synthetic fertilizers which states that so many more such a freak I

be so yeah and um up with Ryan I be so our president of its best yeah I want to

introduce the friendly day

I could tell the farmers were giving me a good deal because they laughed

hysterically as they stayed at the price

it's ready to smoke so you throw the seeds when you're done with them down

the mountain and these just grow wildly

it's very good i think it's also you know so it is very reach you see you can

go anywhere you don't have to prepare the soil into your neck

the modern way to from marijuana is to prepare proper so you saying you have to

buy so it

yeah but in the rural areas you have 25 so you can just come and put seeds to

grow it is normal earth in this normal so you see it grows like nobody's


unlike the other swazi farmers this one seemed to have something he wanted to

hide quickly

my first name is Hamilton jets

and like 11 to just pick up all your top up in New York there's nothing like this

it doesn't exist in the same way that it exists here so we want to be able to

show people that there's a part of Africa where people grow giant dog

- but he did you know this is not too heavy

admission admission in Africa for doing this

yes yes not it we didn't know that yes

ok man you supposed to talk to me before man payable by bus keep on your box i

presume that that's why you must move our basketball and it's never your


oh yeah haha get it

you know what I think

laughing after the argument had ended

I soon saw why the farmer was nervous about outsiders looking at his crop was

this just picked today

yes into dad had us is that we know that people use a photo

oh yes how could anybody with a double

even the small plots that Swansea farmers distribute throughout the hills

can yield several burlap sacks and nugs each season


that is by far the most weed I've ever seen in my life

by the quantity of weed we just saw was by a very large margin the most be

they've ever seen in my life

it was certainly enough to fill at least four standard sized bathtubs

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