How to Legally Possess and Use Marijuana in Kenya

Possession Of weed legal in Kenya

Making money from narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances can be a dream come true without cops chasing your arse only if you play by the book. In case you didn’t know, you can comfortably deal in Marijuana somewhere in the heart of Kenya, an everlasting cash cow that could put you places. Except it has to be for medicinal purposes or licensed by the government.

According to the Medicines and Related Substances Control Act Section 22A, thou shall not acquire, use, possess, manufacture or supply narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances unless thou has been issued with a permit by the Director-General for such acquisition, use, possession, manufacture, or supply.

Providing that the Director-General may, subject to such conditions as he or she may determine, acquire or authorize the use of these substances in order to provide a medical practitioner, analyst, researcher or veterinarian therewith on the prescribed conditions for the treatment or prevention of a medical condition in a particular patient, or for the purposes of education, analysis or research.

“A person who has possession of the narcotic drug or psychotropic substance under a license issued pursuant to section 16 permitting him to have possession of the narcotic drug or psychotropic substance shall not be penalized,” reads another part of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (Control) Act.

The Act further provides that the Ministry through its permanent secretary shall appoint a board that shall issue licenses for the importation, exportation, diversion, sale, manufacture, production or distribution (at stated places) of any narcotic drug or psychotropic substance. The Board shall name ports or places in Kenya where any narcotic drug or psychotropic substance may be exported or imported and prescribe the manner in which any narcotic drug or psychotropic substance is to be packed or marked for export.

The health benefits of marijuana, cannot be underestimated as its medicinal properties, though still under research have proven to be very impactful. There has been of evidence for the therapeutic effects of cannabis relating to its ability to reduce chronic pain, nausea, and vomiting due to chemotherapy and spasticity.

Despite marijuana being licensed in Kenya, every dealer wants to trade in the black market, which is tax-free monopolized with every man for himself. While many Kenyans suffer from self-control and overindulgence in drugs and substance abuse, it is one thing to legalize the drug, and its another thing reinforce the act with licenses and penalties.


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