Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (ADV) – A marijuana lobby group in Kenya has given its backing to a local parliamentarian and entrepreneur urging government to decriminalize and legalize the narcotic drug in the country.
Ms. Nyaruai Muriithi, the chairlady of the lobby group known as the ‘Africa Cannabis Association’ said when legalized, the cannabis industry will earn Kenya about 146 billion dollars by 2025.
When legalized, she said her association which has a membership of about 300 people was ready to assist government to carry out a sensitization campaign for attitudinal change towards the drug.
“For these reasons we are pushing for the cultivation and manufacturer of medical marijuana that can be used to treat a myriad ailments such as epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and some types of cancer.
“The versatility of the plant also allows it to be used as a nutritional food supplement due its many active elements and minerals and it is also used in the cosmetic industry and for textile and paper manufacturing thus conserving the environment,” Kenya’s leading Daily Nation newspaper quoted her as saying on Monday.
“We are geared to have this association as a body that will help the government create policies and strategies for farmers and entrepreneurs of cannabis as well as attracting international investors so that the country can gain exponentially from the export of the finished products,” she said.
Cannabis oil has been hailed by some countries as a wonder drug and it would only be wise for the Kenyan Parliament to pass the proposal by Kibra MP Ken Okoth to legalise bhang, the 29 year-old advocate said.
Ms Muriithi explained that the group has sought the attention of MPs like Mr Okoth and other leaders like Raila Junior, who have embraced their idea, adding that the group will be conducting civic education to unravel the myths that have been peddled over the years about bhang.
The sources recalled that last year, a biochemist wrote to the National Assembly seeking the licensing of at least 150,000 farmers to grow bhang.
Mr Simon Mwaura, the director of Hyaquip Inc International, says the marijuana will be used in extraction of food supplements.
In his letter dated September 18, 2017, the scientist wanted the lawmakers to allow each farmer to plant only one acre of bhang.
A kilogram of cannabis goes for 1,000 Kenyan shillings.
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