Most countries that have already legalised marijuana, are alive to the medicinal properties of Cannabis Sativa. Some have also gone ahead to legalise it for recreation, because of its ability to enable users have a good time while being calm and relaxed.
At the start of this week, a section of Rastafarians moved to the High Court seeking to compel the court, to legalise marijuana. Several leaders and Politicians have thrown their weight behind the case, reiterating that Marijuana needs to be legalised in Kenya for meditation and medication purposes.
It should be noted that cannabis sativa, commonly referred to as bhang, is a naturally occurring plant and should therefore not be subjected to unnatural laws. The legal use of bhang, could as well improve communities by ensuring peaceful co-existence among neighbours and boosting the economy.
And if the government is looking to do business, then legalising and taxing of the substance should be the way to go. Recently, a police raid in Nakuru, led to the destruction of marijuana worth 15 million, it is not only painful to the owner but also to our diminishing economy, and should the government legalise bhang, then such losses can be avoided.
Educating the masses on the benefits and possible side effects will also go a long way in preventing abuse and addiction. Several regulations can then be drafted to enable authorities control the trade of marijuana.
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