As more counties around the world continue to relax their laws on consumption of Cannabis, the Rastafari community filed a case in the High Court seeking to decriminalize the use of the drug in Kenya. According to them cannabis connects them to their maker and is therefore important in their religion.
Section 3(2) (a) of the Narcotic drugs and Phsychotropic Substances Control Act prohibits the use of marijuana. this has led to members of the Rastafari faith being arrested for possession and growth of marijuana.
“The impugned law which was enacted in the year 1994 is hostile and intolerant to persons professing the Rastafari faith yet we are in a new constitutional framework following the promulgation of the Constitution of Kenya 2010 that is progressive and accommodative of diversity,” they said through Lawyer Shadrack Wambui.
The United Nations commission on Narcotic Drugs removed Cannabis from the list of the most dangerous drugs. But the National Authority for the Campaign Against Drug Abuse warned Kenyans against the assumption that the drug has been legalized in the country.
In 2018 former Kibra legislator Ken Okoth wrote to the Speaker of the National Assembly to help him draft the Marijuana Control Bill which aimed to decriminalize growth and use of the stimulant.
If the High Court agrees to decriminalize it's use it will not only provide Rastafarians the freedom of practicing their faith without fear but it will also provide employment to many people who will be involved in the growth and sale of Cannabis. It will also improve the agricultural sector considering the high value of the crop and therefore raise the economy.
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