Africa North Africa World 

Morocco legalizes cannabis production for medical use

– – Morocco‘s government has legalized the production of cannabis for medicinal and industrial purposes. With the approval, farmers would now be allowed to farm so the cannabis can be exported and used domestically. The government is hopeful this move will lift up impoverished farmers in the Rif mountains amid a growing legal global market for the drug. Cannabis is mostly grown in the northern Rif mountains of Morocco. Until this approval growing the plant was illegal although the production has been overlooked by authorities with Morocco among the top…

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Africa East Africa Rwanda World 

Rwanda legalizes growing of cannabis for medical purposes

– – Rwanda has legalized the growing of cannabis but only for medical purposes. It has now become the first East African nation to legalize the growing of cannabis. Effort to legalize the growing of cannabis for medical purposes started in 2010 when the government introduced a bill in parliament. Rwandan officials said at the time that new changes to the country’s laws on cannabis was “to contribute to the protection of the population while ensuring that drugs and psychotropic substances are exclusively available for scientific and medical purposes.” –…

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Africa Ghana West Africa World 

Ghana: 77-year-old marijuana farmer arrested

Police in Ghana have arrested a 77-year-old man Opanin Kwadwo Sampene for cultivating marijuana farm. The suspect was cultivating a 2-acre marijuana farm at Mem, a suburb of Atebubu in the Bono East region of Ghana. Police say the man arrested has been using marijuana himself for years besides growing the plant. The suspect disclosed that he has been smoking weed for well over 6 decades, according to police account. He however explained that his decision to cultivate the hard drug was to make money for his upkeep since he…

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