Ghana has revealed that a bill to decriminalize the use of marijuana has been tabled before parliament. Under the proposal, marijuana users and those addicted to the drug will be receive medical care and rehabilitation, and will not be prosecuted.

According to CCTV, the country’s Deputy Minister of the Interior James Agalga said under the proposed new bill tabled before parliament, marijuana users will be given medical care and rehabilitation, rather than incarceration. The government will reportedly assist those who grow the plant to find an alternative means of earning money.

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However, the scope of the decriminalization is yet to be revealed, and it’s not clear if the decriminalization will allow the medicinal use of marijuana.

Swazi Gold, a highly potent and valuable strain of marijuana, is sought after in South Africa's drug market. Photo: Jonathan Torgovnik/ New York Times
Swazi Gold, a highly potent and valuable strain of marijuana, is sought after in South Africa’s drug market. Photo: Jonathan Torgovnik/ New York Times

The proposal will undoubtedly ignite debate amongst Ghanaians considering the contentious nature of the issue.

Debates on the legalisation of marijuana have been growing across the continent, with proponents of legalisation citing its economic value. Campaigners have been pushing for the legalisation of cannabis in Swaziland, which is illegally grown by some of the country’s poorest, who make a living by selling the crop.