Ghana Web: Ghana has legalized the use of cannabis for health and industrial purposes as it joins other African countries hoping to derive economic and health benefits from the substance.On Friday the country’s Parliament passed into law the Narcotics Control Commission Bill, 2019. The law now makes the country’s Narcotics Control Board (NACOB) a Commission with enhanced powers to oversee the industrial use of some narcotic substances.
Africa Unite! Ghana is not the first African nation to go “legal” (see: Zimbabwe, Malawi). And this does not mean that dispensaries like Cookies or MedMen will start showing up in Africa. But it’s pretty cool and simultaneously frustrating to see African nations going legal before America.
And Ghana is not a third world country any more:
According to “Ghana Web” (reliable), Ghana actually already has hemp production deals with Portugal, which makes sense. It is a lot, LOT cheaper to grow weed south of the border in South America or Africa.
Now in many cases–like Uruguay and Canada–the government controls way too much of the supply and demand. So in a way, the state model in America is still the best model for cannabis capitalism.
I’m sure most countries are pretty much like Jamaica where you can find a dime bag as soon as you get off the airport. But with travel and export/import industries completely shifting…who knows how viable that model will be.