Ghana legalizes cannabis cultivation

For advocates of cannabis legalization in Africa, this is another symbolic victory. In Ghana, Parliament legalized the use of agricultural hemp for therapeutic purposes on Friday 20 March by passing the Narcotics Control Commission Bill. Concretely, the legislation will authorize the Ministry of Home Affairs to grant licenses to grow cannabis on the national territory with a tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content not exceeding 0.3%. The new law also specifies that the existing Narcotics Control Board (Nacob) will be transformed into a commission with enhanced powers to supervise the actual use of cannabis. Ghana thus becomes the fifth African country, and the first in West Africa, to legalize the use of hemp.