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Ghana: "Let's commercialize cannabis for foreign exchange," says judge

A two-day workshop on the Narcotics Control Commission Act 2020 (ACT 1019) is underway in Accra with Justice Bright Mensah, a Court of Appeal judge, suggesting the commercialization of cannabis for economic gain.

He said the cannabis could be exported to countries that needed it most to fetch foreign exchange for Ghana. That, he said, could be done with strict control on cultivation and usage.

Justice Mensah said these in his closing remarks as the chairman of the workshop organized by the POS Foundation, a non-governmental organization in partnership with the International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC) and West Africa Drug Policy Network (WADPN)-Ghana chapter with funding from Open Society Foundation.

The Court of Appeal judge told participants prosecutors and other law enforcement agencies who are the ultimate beneficiaries of the workshop that although the Narcotics Act seeks to decriminalize the abuse of drugs, section 43 of the Act does not take away the unlawfulness of the abuse of narcotics.


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