- Ghana has initiated processes to legalise the farming or cultivation of Indian hemp (weed) under license
- The Head of Communications and Media Relations at the Narcotics Control Commission, Francis Opoku Amoah made this known
- He said the commission is in the process of submitting to Parliament a Legislative Instrument (LI) that will give details of how one can qualify for a license
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Ghana has initiated processes to legalise the farming or cultivation of Indian hemp (weed) under license.
In a report filed by Graphiconline.com, the Head of Communications and Media Relations at the Narcotics Control Commission, Francis Opoku Amoah revealed that very soon, weed farming would be legalised in Ghana.
According to him, the commission is in the process of submitting to Parliament a Legislative Instrument (LI) that will give details of how one can qualify for a license to grow cannabis.
In 2020, some African countries through their national legislations decided to permit the cultivation and export of cannabis for medical and scientific purposes.
The Narcotics Control Commission Act, 2020 (Act 1019), which was passed by Parliament on March 20, 2020, and assented to by the President on May 11, 2020, have enshrined special provisions relating to cannabis.
According to the 2020 International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) report, in August 2020, the government of South Africa submitted to the Parliament a Bill to allow the cultivation and use of cannabis by adults for personal use.
In Malawi, the parliament approved permitting the cultivation of cannabis for medical, industrial, and scientific purposes.
Uganda also reported to INCB that, it had begun permitting the cultivation of cannabis for medical purposes.
Meanwhile, interested people have argued that, the industry can provide jobs for the unemployed and generate huge revenue for the government.
In other news, China beat Ghana and South Africa to become the leading exporter of gold in 2020.
This is according to figures from the Ghana Chamber of Mines. According to the report, the Asian country was able to export 368 metric tons of gold in the given year.
Ghana on the other hand was able to export only 114 metric tons while South Africa follows with 91 metric tons.
On the continental level, Ghana was the leading exporter of gold in Africa. This is despite the fact that total Gold production in Ghana declined marginally from 2019 to 2020.
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