Ghana passes cannabis industry bill

Ghana's parliament has passed into law the Narcotics Control Commission Bill, 2023. As a result, the Ministry of Interior has been bestowed with the responsibility of issuing licenses for the cultivation of cannabis, opening up avenues for the utilization of this versatile plant in various beneficial applications.

This milestone achievement came after the Supreme Court intervened and declared section 43 of the law as unconstitutional, thereby hindering the smooth passage of the legislation.

Section 43 of Act 1019 previously authorized the Minister, based on the Commission's recommendation, to grant licenses for the cultivation of cannabis, commonly known as "wee," in Ghana. However, this provision has been eliminated due to its unconstitutional nature.

On July 12, 2023, parliament took up the Narcotics Control Commission (Amendment) Bill, 2023, which consists of a single clause that, once passed, will empower the Minister to grant licenses for cannabis cultivation within the country.


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