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"If Alcohol And Cigarettes Are Legal In Ghana, Why Not Marijuana?” - John Dumelo Comments.

Despite the fact that, the use of cannabis or “weed” is illegal in Ghana. Cannabis use is very common here; so much so that Ghana is one of the biggest cannabis-smoking nations in the world. It also has track records with drug trafficking and illegal cultivation

In the 2014 United Nations report, the country was listed as the number one cannabis consumer in the world.

the past years have seen cannabis legalization leaders and activist speaking out their desire to see the law changed.

A leading member of the Rastafarian council of Ghana, commented: “The plant has a lot of uses, both industrial and medicinal. It’s backward to put its users in our already congested prisons, because they are not criminals.”

speaking on Cooks and Braggarts a popular cooking show hosted by Yvonne Okoro, the famous Ghanaian actor, farmer and politician: Also said, “When you go to some of the western countries, it has been legalized for health purposes and we can do the same. If alcohol and cigarettes are legal in Ghana, why not marijuana?”

Which is why the government in recent time is reviewing the laws to legalized the cultivation “weed”; having passed the Narcotics Control Commission Act, 2020 (Act 1019) in March 20, 2020

The Narcotics Control Commission in Ghana is currently in the process of submitting to Parliament a Legislative Instrument (LI) that will spell out in details how one can qualify for a license to cultivate cannabis with less than 0.3% of THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol). The Head of Communications and Media Relations at the Narcotics Control Commission, Francis Opoku Amoah made this known in a statement.

As it is obvious that, Ghanaian farmers will soon be granted license to commence cannabis or “weed” cultivation as the legalization process is already underway, I will like to highlight some benefits of “weed” in this article.

FIBER PRODUCTION;

industrial hemp, is a variety of the cannabis plant that is grown specifically for industrial use. It can be used to produce fiber. Hemp fiber has been used extensively throughout history, with production climaxing soon after being introduced to the New World. For centuries, items ranging from rope, to fabrics, to industrial materials were made from hemp fiber. Hemp was also commonly used to make sail canvas. The word "canvas" is derived from the word cannabis. Pure hemp has a texture similar to linen. Because of its versatility for use in a variety of products, today hemp is used in a number of consumer goods, including clothing, shoes, accessories, dog collars, and home wares. For clothing, in some instances, hemp is mixed with lyocell.  

MEDICINE

Medical cannabis, or medical marijuana (MMJ), is cannabis and cannabinoids that are prescribed by physicians for their patients. The use of cannabis as medicine has not been rigorously tested due to production and governmental restrictions, resulting in limited clinical researches to define the safety and efficacy of using cannabis to treat diseases. Preliminary evidence suggests that cannabis can reduce nausea and vomiting during chemotherapy, improve appetite in people with HIV/AIDS and reduce chronic pain and muscle spasm.

NUTRITION

A 100-gram (3+12-ounce) portion of hulled hemp seeds supplies 2,451 kilojoules (586 kilocalories) of food energy. They contain 5% water, 5% carbohydrate, 49% total fat, and 31% protein. Hemp seeds are notable in providing 64% of the daily value (DV) of protein per 100-gram serving. Hemp seeds are a rich source of dietary fiber (20% DV), B vitamins and the dietary mineral manganese (362% DV), phosphorus (236% DV), magnesium (197% DV), zinc (104% DV), and iron (61% DV). About 73% of the energy in hemp seeds is in the form of fats and essential fatty acids and alpha linolenic acids. The ratio of the 38.100 grams of polyunsaturated fats per 100 grams is 9.301 grams of omega‑3 to 28.698 grams of omega‑6. Typically, the portion suggested on packages for an adult is 30 grams, approximately three tablespoons.

Hemp seeds' amino acid profile is comparable to other sources of protein such as meat, milk, eggs, and soy. protein digestibility corrects amino acid score (PDCAAS), which attempt to measure the degree to which a food for humans is a "complete protein", were 0.49–0.53 for whole hemp seed, 0.46–0.51 for hemp seed meal, and 0.63–0.66 for hulled hemp seed.

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