Roots party presidential candidate George Luchiri Wajackoyah has made headlines in recent months for his advocacy of the legalization of marijuana known as marijuana. bhang.
However, some UKTN have expressed concern about the legality of his campaigns given that cannabis is illegal in the country.
Talk to UKTN.co.ke, Peter Mabuka, a city attorney, explained that the presidential candidate was not doing anything illegal in advocating for the legalization of marijuana and therefore could not be arrested.
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He explained that Wackoyah can only be arrested if he is found in possession of cannabis or distributing it at his gatherings.
“He has not been arrested because he has not smoked in public or is not in possession of the substance. He is only pleading for it to be legalized because at the moment it is not authorized in Kenya.
“Cannabis is primarily regulated by the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (Control) Act No. 4 of 1994 which lists drug-related illegalities,” Mabuka said.
Under the 1994 Act, it is stipulated that an individual may be arrested and prosecuted for importing, exporting, manufacturing, buying, selling, gifting, supplying, storing, administering , transportation, delivery or distribution of bhang.
“A person guilty of an offense under subsection 1 shall be liable, in respect of cannabis, if he satisfies the court that the cannabis was intended solely for his own consumption, to imprisonment for ten years and, in all other cases, imprisonment for twenty years,” the law reads in part.
During his campaigns, Wajackoyah has insisted that his administration will only allow local cannabis production after it is legalized.
He argues that the drug can bring in a lot of revenue for the country and pay off some of the debt, especially from China.
“The solution is to grow marijuana, which will allow this country to pay its unpaid debts. Have enough money for all UKTN. And if a bag of marijuana costs $3.8 million, if you convert that in Kenyan currency, that’s a lot of money.
“We’re going to export it, not import it. We’re going to grow it and export it. I just came back from the US and Canada while researching and believe me there are so many companies ready to buy They tell me they have a market ready for Canada,” he said.
Roots presidential candidate George Wajackoyah.
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