In a push for the legalization of marijuana in Kenya, a petitioner has told the senate health committee that the plant is from God and can cure more than 6,000 medical conditions.
The petitioner, Ogot Gwada, presented his petition on Thursday saying that the drug, popularly known as bhang, has huge medicinal benefits and industrial use.
“The age of legal cannabis is with us… it is time-based, cyclic and coincides with the age of light and knowledge.”
“Cannabis is God’s plant…a gift to mankind…just like the many minerals he has in store for Kenya. No one can stop this.”
Under Section 3 (2) (a) of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Control Act, cannabis is a banned substance. The law states that possession or personal use of the drug is criminal.
Ogot Gwada called the criminalization of cannabis a result of ignorance and lies propagated by Western countries.
“This effort to legalize cannabis in Kenya is a first and conscious step towards achieving medicinal and industrial self-sufficiency nationally and on the continent.”
“It is also a statement to western nations that Kenya and Africa have come of age because it is they who precipitated the ban.”
Gwada, who admitted to using bhang, noted that industrial cannabis offers Africa a comprehensive and valuable raw material base. He went on to mention that most countries in Europe, Asia, and America, have moved for the legalization of marijuana.
Colombia, Mexico, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Costa Rica, Ireland, Jamaica, and Germany were mentioned to have decriminalized the herb.
Others included the Philippines, Australia, Uruguay, North Korea, Virgin Islands, Nicaragua and the United States.
“Credit to science, this phenomenal legalization rate has validated the place of the herb by effectively eradicating stigmatization.”
“This high number not only explains, through exigencies of time but also validates the latent potential of the herb.”
In response, Migori Senator Wilfred Machage, the committee’s chairman said opportunities to discover crucial medicine will be investigated.
He, however, said the team will organize a workshop that will bring researchers and doctors together to discuss the relationship between marijuana and crime.
“It is not the work of the Senate to criminalize your thinking but it will investigate the matter and make a decision on what is good for the country.”