Rwanda outlined framework for MMJ growing, processing

Through a new Ministerial Order signed by the Minister of Health Daniel Ngamije and the Minister of Justice Johnston Busingye, Rwanda outlined a framework for the growing, processing and medical use of cannabis.

This new law will not limit the types of conditions that can be considered for treatment. Furthermore, only specialist doctors accredited by the Ministry of Health, in writing, will be allowed to prescribe cannabis and cannabis products for use by a patient. "Medical use of cannabis and cannabis products can only be made on the condition that a specialist medical doctor prescribes them," says Article 14 of the ministerial order.

“The eligible person for the activities provided for by this order is an investor or any other person who is committed to performing any activity of cultivation, processing, importation, export and use of cannabis and cannabis products, for medical or research purposes,” the order reads in part.

According to the Ministerial Order governing cannabis and its products in Rwanda, individuals and firms interested in any of the processes relating to cultivation, distribution and use of cannabis will be required to apply and receive prerequisite licensing by competent authorities. They must only undertake operations at places of business of those establishments or at such other places as may be approved by the competent authority.

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