Rwanda becomes latest African country to allow marijuana cultivation

By , K24 Digital
On Wed, 14 Oct, 2020 12:02 | < 1 min read
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Rwanda has become the latest country in Africa to license the cultivation and export of marijuana.

The country is banking on marijuana exports to increase revenues after Covid-19 strained its economy.

The global cannabis sativa market is currently estimated to be US$345 billion, making it one of the most lucrative emerging markets.

Rwanda’s Minister of Health Dr. Daniel Ngamije warned that the use of the stimulant for medical or recreational purposes within the country remains illegal.

Dr. Ngamije also cautioned drug abusers and dealers that the law against narcotics in Rwanda will continue to be enforced.

He added that President Kagame had approved regulatory guidelines on the cultivation, processing, and export of marijuana but not for local use and abuse.

Growing and use of cannabis is illegal in Rwanda and doing so could land one in jail for two years and a fine of about Rwf3 million (300,00Ksh), under Article 266 of the country's Penal Code.