It's high time marijuana is made legal in Kenya, Senate panel told

A petitioner seeking the legalisation of marijuana, popularly known as bhang, yesterday told a Senate committee the herb can cure up to 6,077 medical conditions.

Presenting his petition before the Health committee at Parliament Buildings, researcher Gwada Ogot told chairman and Migori Senator Wilfred Machage marijuana not only has ‘huge’ medicinal benefits, but also ‘massive’ industrial uses. He said it is high time Kenya decriminalised it and also reviewed its plants categorisation system. Ogot termed the current system of banning marijuana “old and outdated”.

“The age of legal cannabis is here with us. Time based, cyclic and coincides with the age of light and knowledge. Cannabis is God’s plant, a gift to mankind just as the many minerals he has in store for Kenya. No one can stop this,” he said. Ogot,who made his presentation to a quiet and attentive committee, said Kenya criminalised the use of the herb because...

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