Reggae Dancehall artiste, Emmanuel Andrews Sammini, known in showbiz circles as Samini has advised the public against the use of marijuana for smoking purposes.
The staunch advocate for the legalization of marijuana gave this word of caution after the Parliament of Ghana legalized cannabis for health and industrial purposes.
The bill which was passed late Friday night legalizes the growing of cannabis for health purposes and industrial purposes.
It also transforms the Narcotics Control Board (NACOB) into a commission with enhanced powers.
Additionally, it empowers the Minister for Interior in consultation with other institutions like the Ministry of Health to grant licenses for the production of cannabis of not more than 0.3 percent Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) for industrial and medicinal purposes.
News of the partial legalisation of the substance has led to jubilation from a section of the populace.
But in an interview with ABC News after the passage of the bill on Friday, March 20, 2020, the Kumbungu legislator was emphatic that it remains illegal for people to grow or use the drug without approval from the appropriate agencies.
“The distinction has to be made very clearly; it is illegal to grow or possess cannabis without license and cannabis of more than 0.3 percent. That is, the strain that people smoke remains illegal and I must also add that there are indeed real concerns about abuse.”
“What we have approved in Parliament is not the type that people smoke, let’s get that distinction very clearly,” he said.
In a twitter post, Samini has re-echoed the sentiments of the lawmaker saying the green light given by parliament is specifically medicinal and industrial purposes and not for smoking.
The Dancehall artiste stressed that it is still illegal for persons who are not within the specified category of professional as indicated by the law to handle the substance. He, therefore, advised that people stay away from the Indian Hemp since it is still illegal to smoke weed.
“The #Hemp has been legalized for health and industrial purposes. Please if you are not in to the health and industrial benefits of the #hemp then you are not part of this exercise and Will be a criminal if caught in possession or using #staywoke. It’s not legal to smoke it yet pls,” Samini said in the Twitter post.
Ghana has legalized the use of cannabis for health and industrial purposes as it joins other African countries hoping to derive economic and health benefits from the substance.
On Friday the country’s Parliament passed into law the Narcotics Control Commission Bill, 2019. The law now makes the country’s Narcotics Control Board (NACOB) a Commission with enhanced powers to oversee the industrial use of some narcotic substances.
Find Samini’s Twitter post below: