Sibongile Nkosi, 70, grows marijuana near Piggs Peak, Swaziland, to support her 11 orphaned
grandchildren. Credit: Jonathan Torgovnik for The New York Times
What if I told you that Swaziland, a landlocked country sandwiched between South Africa and Mozambique, has more hectares of land dedicated to growing cannabis than all of India? The small nation is also home to Swazi Gold, the world famous strain of Cannabis sativa.
In this first part of a two-part documentary, VICE correspondent Hamilton Morris travels to Swaziland with the aim of analyzing some of the local strains of cannabis. What he finds is a country drowning in corruption and economic chaos. 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.