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The private and Foreign companies have joined the entire world to grow and export marijuana in Uganda before the authorities in government complete consultations on the medical and financial benefits of cannabis.
The Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act 2015 that was passed by Parliament, has triggered a gold rush among prospective local and foreign marijuana entrepreneurs, who are keen to invest in the medical marijuana industry.
The authorities are still grappling with the idea of how to regulate the growing of medical marijuana, PressUg become know that the number of individuals and private companies seeking to grow and export weed for medical purposes has increased from 20 in April to 50 in July.
Government also under pressure from the various marijuana dealers to explain why they allowed Industrial Hemp (U) Ltd, a private company working with another Israeli-based cannabis firm to grow marijuana in Kasese.
Jane Ruth Aceng the minister for health has more than three months been ambivalent on how to proceed on a matter.
This site tried to contact Dr Aceng (Health minister) for a comment today and said to rest the case with her comment.
“Am tired of responding to the issue of marijuana, I have to rest my comment, No no am tired. I don’t know what else you people want me to tell you that I have not already told you, please forgive me because I am tired and am not going to discuss that subject anymore” Said Dr Aceng
The mariguana growers/ planters are wanting to know the fate of their applications and those seeking information about marijuana business, sources said Dr Aceng on July 3 wrote to all the 50 marijuana companies and alleged that Uganda had not yet started issuing operational permits for companies to grow and process marijuana for medical purposes.
Industrial Hemp (U) Ltd, a private firm working with an Israel company, Together Pharma Ltd, is currently growing and processing marijuana from its Kasese facility. The company was given the licence in 2016.
The company is also in the process of exporting marijuana, Cannabinol (CBD) and Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) with mixture of 2.7mg THC and 2.5mg CBD for Sativex drugs approved in USA, Europe and Canada. Oil Risin contain Dronabinol for making Marinol and syndros capsules and CBD enriched creams for various skin disorders.
“The government of Uganda through the Ministry of Health is still in early stages of carrying out wide consultations on this nascent area to understand the economic benefits of cannabis, its medical value based on scientifically proven evidence including the challenges of regulation so that we can formulate a way forward.” Said minister for health in the latter for growing marijuana
She added: “In line with the above, we have not yet progressed to the stage of granting operational permits for entities to grow and process cannabis for medical export in Uganda. However, we welcome more information and input on the subject matter.”