20 firms seek to plant marijuana, government stuck

Pending deal. Police officers burn marijuana in Buikwe District on April 19. FILE PHOTO

What you need to know:

  • The government has already licensed Industrial Hemp (U) Ltd to grow and export medical marijuana.
  • Although the law provides for growing and exportation of marijuana under licence, Prof Ogenga Latigo, a commercial farmer, urged government to go slow on the venture.

KAMPALA. The Health minister, Dr Jane Ruth Aceng, is stuck with 20 bids from companies and individuals competing to secure government clearance to grow and export marijuana for medical purposes.
Senior officials in the Ministry of Health told Daily Monitor that they are stuck with the bids because of lack of regulations governing the undertaking. The ministry is also overwhelmed by the number of ganja planters, both local and foreign, inquiring about the application process and follow-ups.

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