NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 6 – The Senate Health Committee will Thursday morning deliberate on a petition seeking to decriminalize and legalise the use of bhang in the country.
In the petition, Gwada Ogot, a researcher, writer and political analyst, is advocating for establishment of a cannabis regulatory body, ‘Cannabis Sativa Board of Kenya’ to oversee planting, trading and consumption of the drug.
Ogot argues that research has indicated that bhang can be used for medicinal purposes to cure diseases.
According to him, it is disease resistant and can be replanted several times a year without use of pesticides.
He also stated that crimes and controversies over the plant are due to its prohibition, and indicated that if legalised, it can be one of the cash crops which improve the living standards besides boosting the country’s revenue.
Senate Minority Leader Moses Wetang’ula had said any attempt to legalise the growing, trading and consumption of bhang would take the country the wrong way.
He appealed to the Committee on Health, which has 60 days to look into the matter, to consider re-emphasising the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act of 1994 that criminalises and outlaws bhang.