The Minister of the Interior has regained the power to grant a licence for the cultivation of small quantities of cannabis, commonly referred to as “wee” in Ghana for industrial and medicinal purposes.
The move follows Parliament’s passage of the Narcotics Regulation Commission Amendment Bill, 2023 on Wednesday, July 12.
The new bill amends the Narcotics Commission Act, 2020 (Act 1019).
The new one, which substitutes section 43, now empowers the Minister of the Interior to grant licence for the cultivation of cannabis commonly known in Ghana as “wee”.
But this has to be not more than 0.3 per cent of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content on a dry weight basis for industrial purposes for obtaining fibre or seed or for medicinal purposes.
It further prohibits a person who has been granted a licence under the bill from cultivating cannabis for recreational use.
The empowerment of the Minister of the Interior came after the bill was reintroduced in Parliament as the Narcotics Regulation Commission Amendment Bill, 2023 to amend the Narcotics Commission Act, 2020 (Act 1019).
The new section 43 provided an opportunity for Parliament to debate the policy rationale of the provision in accordance with Article 106 of the Constitution and the ruling of the Supreme Court on the issue.
Supreme court’s ruling
The Bill has been necessitated due to the ruling of the Supreme Court in the case between Ezuame vrs the Attorney-General and the Speaker of Parliament on July 27, 2022.