Africa

Sat
19
Sep

AFRICA CASE FOR LEGALISING CANNABIS: COLORADO IS ON TO SOMETHING

The Colorado Department of Revenue reported $70 million in tax revenue from the sale of recreational marijuana, between July 2014 and June 2015. This history-making record easily topped the $42 million revenue the state made from alcohol in the United States within the same period of time. Marijuana has been so productive in Colorado that the state issued a tax holiday for marijuana items, proving that legalisation and proper regulation of the drug can significantly contribute its quota to revenue in any economy.

Wed
16
Sep

Boy, 19, arrested for growing bhang

A 19-year-old boy was on Monday arrested after police discovered a cannabis (bhang) farm in his home at Kiandai Village in Kirinyaga County.

The incident, which left residents of the village in Ndia Constituency and his family members shocked, took place after members of the public tipped the police about the presence of bhang in Cyru Wanjohi’s farm.

Confirming the arrest, Ndia OCPD Gasper makau said Cyrus Wanjohi is being held at Baricho Police Station as security officers conduct further investigations.

Thu
03
Sep

Afrobeat artiste says marijuana should be legalized

Seun Kuti who is a famous marijuana user spoke for the legalization of 'weed' in an interview with The Nation newspaper.

Afrobeat act Seun Kuti has said that marijuana should be legalized in the country.

Seun Kuti who is a famous marijuana user spoke for the legalization of 'weed' in an interview with The Nation newspaper.

Thu
03
Sep

Decriminalize Marijuana in West Africa

A landmark report by the West Africa Commission on Drugs (WACD) in June 2014, “Not Just for Transit: Drugs, the State and Society in West Africa”, emphasized decriminalizing some degree of narcotic drug use and possession for personal use, while calling for drug traffickers and their accomplices to face the full force of the law. This sensible recommendation is particularly appropriate for marijuana or cannabis, which is widely cultivated and used in West Africa. Its users, partly because they are mostly young and poor, continue to be disproportionately penalized by the criminal justice systems in the region – a serious human rights and governance problem. This violation must be urgently stopped.

Tue
01
Sep

Ghana: President Mahama’s challenger promises to legalise export of cannabis

A member of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr. George Boateng, has declared his intention to contest against President John Dramani Mahama in the party’s primary to enable him lead the party in the December 2016 elections, with a promise to legalise the cultivation and sale of cannabis in Ghana.
Speaking on Okay FM programme, a local radio station in Accra, Boateng said he would ensure that the legislation was put in place to ensure that Ghanaians can venture into cultivation of cannabis to enable them to export them without being arrested.

“It would be a great source of income for the nation. Countries such as Holland and Suriname for instance need these herbs for the production of drugs and Ghana can be their source of supply,” he said.

Sun
30
Aug

Nigeria: Why marijuana should be legalised, by Seun Kuti

Afro beat singer, Seun Kuti, has said that the Nigerian government was ill advised to ban the use of marijuana, believing that the decision is a carryover of colonial law.

According to the artiste, “There are doctors and scientists who believe that marijuana should be legalised. There are also lawyers, judges, and politicians who believe that the war on drugs is a false war. That is actually a war on the poor people all over the world, because poor people and rich people use drugs to be sane. But you will find that here, people are in jail more for drug use.”

Fri
28
Aug

Hunting Moroccan hashish in the Strait of Gibraltar

In the Strait of Gibraltar (Spain) (AFP) - As the powerful motors of their speedboat roared, Spanish police used a thermal imaging camera to scan the sea in the Strait of Gibraltar for traffickers smuggling hashish from Morocco.

 

It's just after midnight and the cameras and radars that monitor the coast detect a dodgy-looking boat.

The control centre informs police in Algeciras, a port city in southern Spain just 90 minutes by ferry from Morocco, and three officers immediately jump into the boat to investigate.

"They are likely looking for a place to unload their merchandise," said one of them, Jesus, who declined to give his last name.

Tue
25
Aug

Is Africa The Next Big Global Marijuana Market?

By Russ Belville

While South Africa’s parliament continues to struggle with whether to legalize dagga (marijuana) or just allow medical marijuana use, the rest of the African continent continues to produce and use cannabis at rates that rival North America.

Wed
19
Aug

Marijuana Use in West Africa - a Case for Decriminalization

An important report by the West Africa Commission on Drugs (WACD) in June 2014, "Not Just for Transit: Drugs, the State and Society in West Africa", emphasized decriminalizing some degree of narcotic drug use and possession for personal use, while calling for drug traffickers and their accomplices to face the full force of the law. This sensible recommendation is particularly appropriate for marijuana or cannabis, which is widely cultivated and used in West Africa. Its users, partly because they are mostly young and poor, continue to be disproportionately penalized by the criminal justice systems in the region - a serious human rights and governance problem. This violation must be urgently stopped.

Tue
11
Aug

Countries That Have Legalized and Decriminalized Cannabis For Personal Treatment

Here's an alphabetical list of Countries and States that have legalized treating yourself with the natural plant, cannabis: 

The first up is Argentina where it's legal for personal use in small amounts (in private).

Australia: Illegal (decriminalized in some states) One or two plants may be privately grown for personal use in the Australian Capital Territory and South Australia. Personal grows of up to two plants are decriminalized in the Northern Territory.

Belize: Illegal, but mostly tolerated.

Bolivia: Illegal (but decriminalized).

Botswana: Illegal, but mostly unenforced.

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