Kenya: Kirinyaga student arrested with bhang sues police, wants Sh7M compensation

NAIROBI: A children's rights body has sued police officers for allegedly stripping and posting nude photographs of a female student in Kirinyaga County. The 18-year-old Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education Examination (KCSE) candidate was among 45 students that were arrested on August 5, in a Nairobi-bound bus and remanded at Sagana Police Patrol Base as having been intoxicated and engaging in sexual activities in a public vehicle. The disturbing pictures of the girl semi-nude as police searched for drugs hidden on her private parts were circulated widely on social media, prompting a backlash against the officers.


Kenya: Students lecture cops on bhang smoking

They say boys will always be boys. As students from various colleges were busy showing their rugby talents on the pitch at Kenyatta Stadium, some were on a smoking spree. Police officers in Machakos caught a group of college students having a moment of 'one stone.' The police were however shocked by the calm exhibited by the young marijuana smokers. Believe it or not, the boys confessed their sins and then proceeded to 'educate' the cops on the Rastafarian culture. "I and I Rasta says dat herb is the healing of a nation, alcohol is the destruction. So mister officer, when you smoke the herb, it reveals you to yourself," one of the college boys told the cops. The officers simply confiscated the banned drug and let the boys be.


How smoking 'weed' has become common among the youth and their celebrity role models

On Friday night, while DJ Abstrakt was thrilling fans at the popular Persia Club at TRM along Thika road, National Environment Management Authority (Nema) officials walked into the venue in the company of police and ordered that the music be put off.

It was a moment of panic as the huge crowd of revellers, mostly university students, watched the officers summon the DJ, before whisking him away.

Rumours broke out that he was spinning under the influence of ‘something’ but Pulse would later establish that his arrest had to do with the Nema licence at the club.

After his arrest, he was locked up at Kamukunji and not even efforts by his friends, who camped outside the station pleading for his release, could get him bailed out.


Kenya: Shock As MP Seeks To Have Marijuana Legalized

A member of parliament has stunned Kenyans after he proposed that Marijuana, famously known among many Kenyans as bhang or weed, be legalized in the country.

Kibra MP Ken Okoth says that it is time Kenyans were allowed to abandon the growth of sugarcane and start growing Marijuana.

He added that Marijuana is a very valuable commodity and has a ready market in the USA and believes it will give Kenyans a lot of money than what they grow today do.

“Let us emancipate ourselves from mental slavery & start planting marijuana, legalize it, & tax it. We should replace sugarcane with medical marijuana which has a ready market in the USA”, Okoth said.


How Britain's khat ban devastated an entire Kenyan town

Mild stimulant used to be Maua’s most valuable export, bringing prosperity to all involved. A year since it was outlawed, the local economy has been devastated

In a quiet and unassuming town tucked away in a hilly part of eastern Kenya, the British home secretary Theresa May’s name is spoken with barely concealed anger. Since her role in the ban of the town’s most valuable export, she’s become a universally vilified figure.

For more than two decades, Maua enjoyed booming business propelled by the growth and sale of khat, known locally as miraa, a popular herb whose leaves and stems are chewed for the mild high they offer.


18 Countries Ranked For Marijuana Tolerance In Africa

African governments have tried to limit and stop its use, but marijuana remains deeply ingrained in African tradition, recreation and economies.

It is illegal everywhere in Africa, but an important source of income. Levels of tolerance and law enforcement related to marijuana vary from country to country.

The website Marijuana Travels ranks 260 countries including at least 42 African countries for tolerance to marijuana. Countries are ranked from 1 — highly prohibited — to 10 — legal. Rankings include on-the-ground information on enforcement. The site appears to be updated regularly, in some cases, daily. The home page says the site was created to inform viewers of conditions affecting marijuana, which can change daily and sometimes hourly.


Kenya should legalize marijuana

Marijuana is commonly referred to as bhang, bangi, pot, ganja, vela or weed among other names depending on the unique strain. In the scientific domain it is known as Cannabis Sativa containing the compound delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) that causes the “high” effect.

Under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Control Act of 1994, classifies the possession, sale, growing and distribution of marijuana illegal. This law is almost theoretical since it is rarely adhered to by patrons and by extension law enforcement officers who meet to the ready market of supply and demand.


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