Ghana has passed a new law to decriminalize the use of cannabis, a herbal substance for medicinal and industrial purposes.

Parliament incorporated a clause in the narcotics control commission Bill to allow for the industrial use of cannabis with a THC level of not more than 0.3 percent so that companies that need it for manufacturing and medicinal purposes could have access.

The bill passed by parliament late Friday also transformed the country’s Narcotics Control Board into a Commission, with powers to regulate the industrial use of some narcotic substances.

The law also maintained the mandate of the commission to control and prevent the trafficking of narcotics and other banned substances with stiffer penalties for cannabis and other narcotics-related offenses.

The Minister for the Interior (Homeland security) is mandated by the law to grant licenses for the production of cannabis at the required THC level.

Ghana’s law previously had a blanket ban on all forms of cannabis, thereby importing some of the by-products of industrial and medicinal cannabis from other countries.

The Member of Parliament for Akim Swedru Kennedy Nyarko Osei has explained that the law was to enable the cultivation of the cannabis of THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) not above 0.3 percent, which is used in producing jute sacks for cocoa bean bagging and other products.

He posted the explanation on his social media page that the cannabis in question was different from the banned cannabis grown in Ghana with a THC concentration of 75 percent.

He added that companies could “now set up their plants here and produce them locally instead of importing it all the time from India and other countries.” Enditem

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