Ghana’s ‘weed’ cultivation law quashed by the Supreme Court

The law allowing licenses to be granted for the production of cannabis, or “wee,” in tiny quantities for industrial and medicinal uses has been  quashed by the Supreme Court.

Act 1019 of the Narcotics Commission Act’s Section 43 provides that “the Minister on the recommendation of the Commission, may grant a licence for the cultivation of cannabis popularly referred to as “wee” in Ghana, which is not more than 0.3 % THC content on a dry weight basis for industrial purposes for obtaining fibre or seed for medicinal purposes.”

However, on July 28, the Apex court, by a vote of 4-3, determined that Section 43 of Act 1019 was invalid and that it violated Article 106 of the 1992 Constitution.

Justices Nene Amegatcher, Prof. Nii Ashie Kotey, and Issifu Omoro Tanko Amadu dissented from the majority decision, which was made by Justices Jones Dotse, Clemence Jackson Honyenuga, Henrietta Mensa-Bonsu, and Emmanuel Yonny Kulendi.

One Ezuame Mannan filed the lawsuit against the Attorney General before the Apex Court.

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