Some section of the public is misinformed about the new Narcotic Bill, which they believe smoking of marijuana has been legalized.
The Member of Parliament for Kumbungu, Ras Mubarak has cautioned the public on the bill saying that it is still in illegal to smoke, grow or produce cannabis without a license.
The parliament of Ghana passed the bill on Friday, 20 March 2020, which will grant persons licensed by the Ministry of Interior the right to grow, produce or possess cannabis of 0.3% tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) for medicinal or industrial purpose.
Hon Mubarak cautioned Ghanaians that “it is still illegal to smoke, grow or possess cannabis of over 0.3% THC.”
He continued that “we plead with the public to very tolerance towards the bill and not abuse it but obey it.”
He maintained that people are more concerned about regulating the bill, but assured the public the cannabis approved by parliament differs from the type being smoked.
He believed that all the necessary measures have been put in place to punish people who break the law.
“Very stiff punishment to anyone who possesses, grow or produce the approved cannabis without a license,” he stated.
The bill awaits the president’s signature before it becomes a bill.