RASTA PRAISE!: NARCOTICS BILL PASSED FOR CANNABIS CULTIVATION IN GHANA

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The NACOC BILL for cannabis production has been passed into law, as a result, the Ministry of Interior has been bestowed with the responsibility of issuing licenses for the cultivation of cannabis, opening up avenues for the utilization of this versatile plant in various beneficial applications.

On the 12th of July, 2023, the Parliament of Ghana took up the Narcotics Control Commission (Amendment) Bill, 2023, which consists of a single clause that, once passed, will empower the Minister to grant licenses for cannabis cultivation within the country.

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The new bill, which substitutes section 43, now empowers the Minister of the Interior to grant license for the cultivation of cannabis commonly known in Ghana as “wee”.

The bill, however, prohibits the production of more than 0.3 per cent of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content on a dry weight basis for industrial purposes for obtaining fibre or seed or for medicinal purposes.

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It also does not allow a person who has been granted a license under the bill from cultivating cannabis for recreational use.

The empowerment of the Minister of the Interior came after the bill was reintroduced in Parliament as the Narcotics Regulation Commission Amendment Bill, 2023 to amend the Narcotics Commission Act, 2020 (Act 1019).

The new section 43 provided an opportunity for Parliament to debate the policy rationale of the provision in accordance with Article 106 of the Constitution and the ruling of the Supreme Court on the issue.

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This legislative milestone is expected to pave the way for the development of a well-regulated cannabis industry in Ghana, ensuring that its cultivation and usage adhere to strict guidelines and quality standards.

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