Ghana has just joined the African countries that have legalized the use of cannabis for medical and industrial purposes.
On Friday, March 20, the Ghanaian Parliament adopted a bill from the Narcotics Control Commission on the use of cannabis. Ghana is legalizing and joining other African countries in the hope of reaping economic and health benefits from hemp.
The country's parliament has promulgated the draft Law 2019 on the Narcotics Control Commission. A narcotics control body (NACOB) has been set up to supervise the industrial use of certain narcotic substances.
The country hopes to derive economic and medical benefits from cannabis
The new law will allow Ghanaians to use cannabis or hemp fibers for the manufacture of drugs and other by-products such as biofuel, paper etc. However, the Commission will have the mandate to control and eliminate the trafficking of banned narcotics to ensure public safety.
Health experts have always campaigned for drug users to be properly rehabilitated and not treated like criminals. The new law provides for this and now classifies drug addiction as a public health problem
With the legalization of cannabis for industrial and health purposes, Ghana joins countries like Malawi, Zimbabwe and South Africa in changing their drug laws. Thus, Ghana's new laws will make room for cannabis to be used to make medicine and hemp fibers.