In July 2021, Rwanda became the first East African country to legalize the use of Marijuana which pushed them closer to mass production and export of the multi-billion dollar cash crop and Kenya could be about to follow suit.
Senator Ledama Ole Kina has been encouraging the government to consider the legalizing of the drug for export purposes with a video of him in Lithuania emerging in September 2020 showing off a plantation of Marijuana.
The late Kibra member of parliament Ken Okoth had sought a bill to legalize marijuana in 2018 for commercial and health purposes and recent development suggests Kenya may soften its stance about the hemp plant.
Education and research principal secretary Simon Nabukwesi has encouraged for research on the health benefits for both marijuana and miraa as he advocated for a more scientific approach as opposed to the political arguments.
"We are being told that consumption of miraa is a health hazard but how dangerous is it to someone’s body when they chew the crop. Our researchers should tell us the benefit of miraa so that people can know its benefits," the PS was quoted by the Nation.
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