Media Reports Say Ghana has legalized the use of cannabis for health and industrial purposes

Media Reports Say Ghana has legalized the use of cannabis for health and industrial purposes

On March 21  Ghanaian  media reported “On Friday the country’s Parliament passed into law the Narcotics Control Commission Bill, 2019…..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.”   GHANA WEB REPORTS Parliament Friday evening passed the Narcotics Control Commission Bill, 2019, to treat drug dependence as a public health issue rather than focusing on law enforcement, incarceration, punishment and repression.   “The fundamental goal of drug policies should be to improve the health, safety, security and socio-economic well-being of people by adopting appropriate measures to combat illicit crop cultivation and use of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances, as well as its associated substance,” a report on the Bill, presented to the plenary by the Committee on Defence and Interior, said. The Bill would address the weaknesses in the outgoing PNDC Law 236, which came into force before the commencement of the Fourth Republican Constitution. PNDC Law 236 restricts the confiscation of illegal property to drug-related ones and does not adequately deal with the freezing of accounts of drug dealers. The Narcotics Control Commission Bill, 2019, with 108 clauses, and grouped into seven sections and two schedules, seeks to establish a body corporate with perpetual succession to be known as the Narcotics Control Commission. The Commission would be responsible for ensuring public safety by controlling and eliminating trafficking in prohibited narcotic drugs and prevent the illicit use of precursors, co-ordinating the…

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