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East Africa could become a major cannabis export hub

The East African Community could become a mass producer of medical cannabis for export to fast-growing markets in the West.

This is after Rwanda on October 12 became the latest EAC partner state to approve medical cannabis production for export, following closely in the footsteps of Uganda.

Tanzania and Kenya, which produce the largest amounts of cannabis in the region, are yet to legalise the commodity and so it is exported illegally.

Rwanda government officials said the decision to legalise the export of medical marijuana was based on the revenue potential for the country. 


World’s top cannabis business leaders to gather in South Africa

NAIROBI, KENYA: As the global medical cannabis market continues to expand and increasing numbers of countries around the globe legalise its use, the renowned CannaTech Summit will take place for the first time on the African Continent in Cape Town, South Africa, November 24 – 26.

With estimates that the cannabis and associated products market could be worth R27 billion by 2023, this immense potential has led to a boom in regional cannabis interest and investment.


These are the top 10 cannabis-consuming countries in Africa

Congratulations, or canna-gratulations, to Nigeria.

The West African country has the distinction of being home to the largest number of cannabis consumers on the African continent by a huge margin of over 20 million users, according to New Frontier Data’s recent report titled, Global Cannabis Report: 2019 Industry Outlook.


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 Ogot termed the current system of banning marijuana “old and outdated”.


Kenyans Advised to Legalise Weed If They Want to Succeed at Sprint Races Like Jamaica

Following various theories presented as to the true reason behind Jamaica's dominance in the sprint races, some little-known Kenyan researchers claim to have discovered what has long baffled many in both the academic and sports world.

After little research and a lot of speculation Prof. Wak Manyang' and Dr. Emalek Kiso have attributed marijuana as the reason why Jamaicans are so fast.

In a research paper titled 'Weed for Speed; The case for legalising Cannabis Sativa' the researchers claim that copying Jamaican habits such as their dance styles or even wearing Jamaican flag themed bracelets or bandanas will not help Kenya produce sprinters. Rather, the researchers argue, Kenyans must be allowed to grow, sell and liberally consume marijuana for sports reasons.


Kenya: Two arrested in possesion of bhang worth Sh4.9 million

Two men were arrested on Thursday after the container truck they were in was found with bhang worth Sh4.9 million.

The lorry that was being driven to the country from Uganda was parked outside the KRA customs office.

It was impounded at the Kenya Uganda border at Malaba carrying bhang worth Sh4.9 million.

OCPD Malaba Police station Onesmus Kombe said the arrested the suspects after a tip off by the customs officers.

“Officers at the KRA office tipped us and we promptly opened the lorry only to find 10 sacks stuffed with bhang in the lorry,” he said.


Kenya Draws Patrol Lessons At U.S.-Mexico Border

New York, United States — US Border Patrol officials deal with thousands of people making illegal crossings from Mexico every month.

Apart from children and families making the crossings, the US has to deal with the shipment of illicit drugs and this week, Kenya's Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery witnessed first-hand the arrest of three individuals trying to smuggle marijuana into the US.

Nkaissery had been on a three-day learning mission at El Paso on the US-Mexico border together with PS Monica Juma to better understand how officials deal with border patrol and control.


Bhang selling couple arrested in Murang’a

A couple aged 50 years was arrested in Murang’a for being in possession of five stones of bhang.

The two were arrested on Tuesday evening at their home at Githunguri village in Iyego location, Kangema Constituency.

The arrest comes after one week of intensive surveillance on the couple following information provided by the public to the newly established Quick Response Team of police known as QRT.

According to Murang’a County Commissioner Kula Hache, the couple, Peter Muturi and his wife Jane Wambui, has been selling the narcotics for a very long time.

The two are said to have been arrested a couple of times, charged in court and fined but have never abandoned the illegal business.


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.


Kenya: Four cops charged with aiding drug trafficker's escape

Four police officers have been charged with aiding a suspected drug trafficker's escape from Makupa police station, Mombasa county, last Sunday.

Justus Sangalo, Ahmed Saney, David Koskey and Joseph Machoy denied the charges and were released on Sh20,000 bond each on Tuesday.

Richard Maranga had been arrested in Majengo last Friday, with drugs including 67 sachets of heroin and 50g of bhang.

County commissioner Nelson Marwa said he was on his way to distribute the drugs when he was nabbed by residents and taken to the police station

Marwa had issued a 24-hour ultimatum for the suspect's arrest, and for action against the officers who helped him escape.


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