Members of the Ghana National Assembly have passed the Narcotics Control Commission Bill, 2019, that now allows for the use of marijuana for medical and industrial purposes only.
With the law, therefore, the Minister for Interior will be tasked with granting licenses for the planting of cannabis of not more than 0.3% THC, the main psychoactive compound in cannabis that gives the high sensation.
Furthermore, Ghana’s Narcotics Control Board (NACOB) will then oversee the industrial use of narcotic substance.
This development comes as the country tries to boost its revenues, seeing that cannabis can be used to make hemp fibers, which can, in turn, be used to make clothes, bio-fuel, and paper.
The Ghana Web reports that already, the Hemp Association of Ghana (HAG) has signed a deal with an operator in Portugal with prospects of bringing in $56 million within a period of five years.
Using cannabis for recreational purposes remains illegal in the country.
Other African countries that have relaxed laws on marijuana include Malawi, Zambia, Morocco, Lesotho, Zimbabwe, and South Africa.