UG: Govt to license cannabis growing companies

The Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda has said the Government plans to issue licenses to cannabis growing companies.

Several companies have already started growing medicinal cannabis in Uganda, although the Government has in the past denied the reports.

In June, an Israeli Firm, Together Pharma Limited reported its first cannabis harvest from Uganda, despite a government announcement that the license had been halted.

The company reportedly completed the first harvesting of Cannabis inflorescences at its farm in Uganda on June 18, 2019, and sowed another 10 dunams on the company’s farm in Uganda on the same day.

Another company Hemp is growing medicinal cannabis in the Kasese district. Recently media reports indicated that up to 90 companies had applied to the Government to grow medicinal cannabis.

Now the Government says that although they do not yet have a common position on cannabis, several Government organs are considering it.

The matter came out in parliament today during the Prime Minister's question time when Betty Bamukwasa, the Rukungiri Woman MP questioned under what framework the Government was licensing growing of medicinal cannabis.


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