By Wisdom Deji-Folutile
Ghana has begun the process of legalising the cultivation of Indian hemp (Cannabis Sativa) under license.
Head of Communications and Media Relations at the Narcotics Control Commission, Francis Opoku Amoah, announced this on Monday.
Ghana, having passed the Narcotics Control Commission Act, 2020 (Act 1019), began exploring the prospects in cannabis.
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, allowed special provision relating to cannabis.
Section 43 of the Act states grants the health minister permission to grant a license for the cultivation of cannabis under regulated guidelines.
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The guidelines are that the grown cannabis should not have more than 0.3% THC content on a dry weight basis for industrial purposes, seed or medicinal purposes.
“So many groups, companies and individuals have applied to the Commission for license in order to legally engage in the cultivation of this species of cannabis when the LI is passed by Parliament,” Mr Opoku Amoah said.
Ghana has now followed other African nations like Uganda and Malawi to permit the cultivation of the herb under license.