Senate Receives Petition to Legalise Bhang, Kenyans Online Say It Can Unite the Country
Once again, a petition seeking to decriminalize Cannabis Sativa has elicited excitement from Kenyans on social media.
Gwada Ogot, the researcher behind the petition, appeared before The Senate Health Committee in April this year to defend the proposal.
On Wednesday, the Senate, led by Senate Speaker Kenneth Lusaka confirmed the receipt of the petition.
The upper house of the Parliament, which came back from recess on Wednesday, acknowledged two petitions in its sittings, Mr. Ogot’s Marijuana petition and Universities Academic Staff Union (UASU) petition regarding the 2013 – 2017 Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) for Universities Academic Staff.
If the proposal goes through, bhang will be deleted from the list of narcotic drugs in the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act of 1994.
Ogot, a resident of Siaya county, argues in his petition that the plant has a myriad of documented benefits.
“I pray the House recommends amnesty for all people jailed for possession, usage, sale, cultivation, and transportation of cannabis sativa. Criminalising cannabis creates criminals where none existed,” Mr Ogot said.
He is also advocating for the establishment of a Cannabis regulatory body-Cannabis Sativa Board of Kenya (CSBK), to oversee the sector to ensure planting, trade, and consumption of the drug.
Here’s how Kenyans on Twitter reacted to the latest development.