Uganda has the capacity to grow marijuana for medicinal purposes, however a policy is needed to regulate the sector argues Christopher Kibazanga the state Minister for Agriculture says Marijuana is listed among the top ten high value crops globally, however its negative effects supersedes its advantages when abused.
Different entities and individuals are fighting over the control of Uganda’s prospective medicinal cannabis industry, with a section of government officials reportedly fronting a number of companies to cash in on the multi-billion dollar business.
Several entities with connections to already established companies in Europe and North America have been lined up by different officials as the government ponders a dive into the lucrative but dicey business.
There is also a fight between several entities of government on who should take the lead in directing to the different investors lining up to engage in the lucrative business estimated to be worth $3b (about Shs11.1 trillion) when it commences.
Among the entities that would be involved in licensing the entire chain are the ministries of Health, Agriculture, Justice and Constitutional Affairs and Internal Affairs; the National Drug Authority (NDA) and Uganda Investment Authority (UIA).
The use of cannabis for recreational purposes such as smoking remains illegal in the country. Authorities are, however, exploring its production for medical purposes subject to authorisation by relevant government bodies in line with the Narcotic Drug and Pyschotropic Substances (Control) Act 2015. Source