Ghana finally legalized the use of marijuana, locally called “weed”. However, legalization is only for health and industrial purposes. This comes after many prominent people in the country called on the government to legalize this drug.
It also means that Ghana has now joined other African countries in the hope of deriving major economic and health benefits from the substance.
The legalization bill was passed last Friday in Parliament because it now gives the National Narcotics Control Office (NACOB) enhanced powers to oversee the industrial use of certain narcotic substances.
The Commission will also have the mandate to monitor and eliminate the trafficking of prohibited drugs in order to ensure public safety. The new laws will allow marijuana to be used to make drugs and hemp fibers.
Hemp fibers are used to make clothing, biofuels, paper and other products.