Indian hemp farming to be legalized soon

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Ghana to legalize the farming of Indian hemp.

The Narcotics Control Board has said they’re to make a legislative step soon towards making farming Indian hemp legal in the country.

The head of Communications and Media Relations for the Narcotics Control Board, Francis Opoku Amoah made a statement to the media. He said, “Ghana having passed the Narcotics Control Commission Act, 2020 (Act 1019) joined these African countries in exploring the purported prospects in cannabiss.

Currently in Ghana, the Narcotics Control Commission is in the process of submitting to Parliament a Legislative Instrument (LI) that will spell out in details how one can qualify for a licence to cultivate cannabis with less than 0.3% of THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) and applicable fees to pay for the issuance of such license.”

“I know that the Commission is working hard to make sure that, it presents a solid Legislative Instrument that will reflect how the hemp industry will be regulated in the country,” Mr Opoku Amoah explained.

“I am well aware of the interest generated by the special provision relating to cultivation of Cannabis which has not more than 0.3% THC content on a dry weight basis for industrial purposes for obtaining fibre, seed or for medicinal purposes in the country.

So many groups, companies and individuals have applied to the Commission for licence in order to legally engage in the cultivation of this species of cannabis when the law is passed by Parliament,” he added. 

Based on a 2020 International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) Report, in February, the Parliament of Malawi passed a Cannabis Regulation Bill that allowed the cultivation of cannabis for industrial, scientific and medical purposes.

Ghana is bent on following other African countries in exploring the economic and medical benefits of cannabis.

 

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