Ghana’s parliament has finally passed a bill to legalize the growing and production of cannabis for industrial and health purposes.
The parliament on Friday 20 March 2020, passed the Narcotic Commission Bill, 2019, which set to transform the existing Narcotic Board to a commission with enhanced powers.
The Ministry of Interior in relation with other bodies such as the Ministry of Health is charged with the mandate to provide licenses for the growing of cannabis of not more than 0.3% Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) for medicinal and industrial purposes.
The law does not take into consideration the production of the drug for recreational purposes.
MP for Kumbungu, Ras Mubarak stressed on the fact that “possession or growing of cannabis without a license is still illegal. It is also illegal to grow cannabis of more 0.3% THC”
He cautioned the public to obey the new law and not abuse it.
He further assured the public that abuse of the drug was taken into consideration before the passing of the bill.
“People are concerned about abuse. We assure the public the cannabis approved is not the type people smoke,” he stated.
He further explained that the law will severely punish “people who cultivate or possess the type-approved without the right authorisation.”
The president will assent to the bill before it becomes a law.