- Ghana has legalised the use of cannabis for health and industrial purpose
- Parliament passed the Narcotics Control Commission Bill, 2019, on Friday, March 20, 2020
- The move is also to rake in some revenue for the government
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Ghana has legalized the use of cannabis for health and industrial purposes.
The Narcotics Control Commission Bill, 2019, was passed into law on Friday, March 20, 2020.
With the legalisation, Ghana joins other African countries hoping to derive economic and health benefits from the substance.
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The law now makes the country’s Narcotics Control Board (NACOB) a Commission with enhanced powers to oversee the industrial use of some narcotic substances.
The Commission, however, will have the mandate to control and eliminate the trafficking of prohibited narcotic drugs to ensure public safety.
Health experts have always campaigned for addicts of narcotic drugs to be properly rehabilitated and not treated as criminals.
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The new law makes provision for that as well now classifying drug abuse a public health issue.
With the legalization of Cannabis for industrial and health purposes, Ghana joins countries like Malawi, Zimbabwe and South Africa who are changing their laws on narcotics.
Ghana’s new laws will make room for cannabis to be used to make medicines and hemp fibres.
This will come as a great relief to some campaigners of the legalisation of the drug for a long time.
For instance, Ghanaian musician Samini, and actress Yvonne Nelson, had constantly called on the government to legalise the use of cannabis in Ghana.
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