We’ve not legalized cannabis for recreational purpose – Bagbin explains

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Parliament has not approved the use of cannabis for recreational reasons, according to Speaker of the House Alban Bagbin.

He contends that encouraging marijuana usage or smoking is not in the best interests of the legislature.

On Thursday, July 27, Mr. Bagbin stated during a debate in the House that Parliament remained dedicated to preventing the constitutional legalization of marijuana in the nation.

The Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagin complained about what he deems as the misinterpretation of the passage of the Narcotics Control Commission Amendment Bill 2023 by the public.

Parliament on July 12, 2023 passed the Narcotics Control Commission Amendment Bill 2023, bringing significant changes to the cultivation of cannabis for industrial and medicinal purposes.

The amended bill granted the Ministry of Interior the authority to issue licenses for the cultivation of cannabis, thereby enabling the utilization of this plant for various beneficial applications.

However, the Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin says the passage of the bill was not to legalise the recreational use of ‘wee’thereby urging the police to crack down on offenders of the law.

“It is imperative to reiterate, particularly in the face of the inaccurate media representation, that the purpose of our legislative action has never been, and is not now, to promote or legalise the recreational use or smoking of cannabis.

“In conclusion, therefore, the House remains steadfast in its commitment to enforcing the law against the unlawful use of cannabis.

“We will continue to act in a manner that upholds the Constitution, serves the public interest, and advances our nation’s development,” Bagbin stated.

Source: Ghanatodayonline.com/Nana Kwaku Boffah

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