“Legalizing and cultivating marijuana will create jobs and foreign exchange”- NPP MP
The legalization of cannibis known in the local palance as “wee” by the Government of Ghana will earn the country billions of cedis as well as creating employment to the interest individuals farmers, according to the New Patrotic Party Member of Parliment (MP) of for Effiduase Asokore in the Ashanti Region, Hon. Dr. Nana Ayew Afriyie.
“We saw as country that per a tree, ten grammes of Cannibis will earn us more than ten dollars to both farmers and the government therefore necessary to legalize and cultivate marijuana in the country”, he revealed on Opemsuo FM’s morning show dubbed “Nkwantanan”.
According to the member of the Parlimentary Select Committee on Health, the benefits of marijuana to the Ghana government is higher considering it to other cash crops such as Cocoa and others.
“One plant of Cannibis tree gives million of dollars comparatively to Cocoa and other cash crops and for me as a medical doctor, I will support the legalization any day anytime”, the lawmaker told host, George Opoku Mensah ruling out contrary opinions.
Ghana has legalized the use of
cannabis for health and industrial purposes as it joins other African countries hoping to derive economic and health benefits from the substance.
On Friday the country’s Parliament passed into law the Narcotics Control Commission Bill, 2019.
The law now makes the country’s Narcotics Control Board (NACOB) a Commission with enhanced powers to oversee the industrial use of some narcotic substances.