Parliament has approved the Narcotics Control Commission Bill, 2023.
This means that the Ministry of Interior is required to grant licenses for the cultivation of cannabis to make it possible to use this plant for a variety of advantageous purposes.
The Supreme Court blocked the law’s passage by declaring section 43 illegal, which led to the current outcome.
According to Section 43 of Act 1019, the Minister may, upon the Commission’s recommendation, grant a license for the industrial cultivation of cannabis, commonly known as “wee” in Ghana, with a THC content of no more than 0.3% on a dry weight basis to produce fiber or seed for medical use.
The Narcotics Control Commission (Amendment) Bill, 2023, was introduced in Parliament on Wednesday, July 12, and it consists of a single article that, if enacted, will allow the Minister to authorize the production of cannabis throughout the nation.
According to a Committee on Defence and Interior report, the bill’s purpose is to amend the Narcotics Control Commission Act 2020 (Act 1019). To give the Minister the authority to issue a license for the industrial, for the production of fiber or seed, or therapeutic purposes, cultivation of cannabis with a THC level of no more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis.