Ghana has joined the list of African countries including, South Africa, Lesotho, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe, that have legalised the use of cannabis for its health and economic purposes.
On Friday, March 20, 2020, the Parliament of Ghana passed into law the narcotics control commission bill in 2019, requesting the legalisation of the narcotic substance for health and industrial purposes.
The law now empowers the country’s Narcotics Control Board (NACOB) to ensure the industrial use of cannabis in Ghana.
Also, the law gives authority to the Minister for Interior in collaboration with Ministry of Health to grant license for growing of cannabis for health benefits and industrial purposes like the production of hemp fibres for clothes, paper, etc.
On the other hand, the new law forbids growing of cannabis with more than 0.3 percent of the main psychoactive compound known as Tetrahydrocannabinol(THC) in cannabis for medicinal and industrial usage.
Moreover, the law will give the Commission the responsibility to control and abolish trafficking of narcotic drugs to ensure public safety.
Those who will attempt growing it without a license and the abuse of the substance will be dealt with by the law, according to the Interior Committee of Parliament.
Hence, the public must abide by the law and refrain from abusing it.
Source: Ghana News