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NDC MP Pushes For Review of Supreme Court Ruling On Legalization Of Indian Hemp

Member of Parliament’s Constitutional and Legal Affairs Committee, Rockson Nelson Dafeamekpor is pushing for a review of the Supreme Court’s judgment halting the possible cultivation of cannabis, also known as Indian hemp. 

On July 27, the Supreme Court in a 4-3 majority decision ruled that it was unconstitutional for a section of the Narcotics Control Commission Act, 2020 (Act 1019) to allow for a license to be granted for the cultivation of small quantities of cannabis for industrial and medicinal use.

The Supreme Court also cited Parliament for some constitutional breaches relative to the matter, but Mr Dafeamekpor, who is also the Member of Parliament (MP) for South Dayi, disagrees, insisting the apex court erred in its ruling.

This is what is urging Mr Dafeamekpor to seek review of the Supreme Court ruling.

The NDC MP is not the only Ghanaian pushing for a review of the ruling, Gabby Otchere-Darko, a leading member of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) and cousin to President Akuffo-Addo, has also advocated for the same.

“A disappointing decision in my view and I’m not alone. Thankfully, it was a 4, 3 split decision. We hope and should be confident that a review application, if filed, will be successful. The issue about commercialising cannabis for good use is epochal”, he said recently in a series of tweets.

“It’s however important to note that the court did not make a moral pronouncement on cannabis but had a procedural issue with the application of the law in conformity with the constitution”, he added.

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