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Why Uganda is importing marijuana seeds

Uganda is now importing tonnes of cannabis seeds and potting soils worth billions as more countries legalise the plant.

Local media Daily Monitor reports that at least five containers of potting soils (150 tonnes) and cannabis seeds (2,000kgs) entered the country last year from the Netherlands and Sri Lanka.

The seeds were imported into the country with clearance from Uganda Revenue Authority and the country’s ministry of Agriculture.

Industrial Hemp Uganda Ltd, a private company based in Kasese district, has been working with Industrial Globus Pharma Uganda Ltd to import the seeds.

More than ten companies have so far been licensed to import the seeds as more money pours into marijuana projects across the world.

There are 24 other new applicants who are interested in venturing into the business but are yet to receive a go-ahead from the countries health ministry led by the minister Jane Ruth Aceng.

The legalization of the drug in countries such as Canada and Germany has opened up export markets which Uganda farmers could target.

The minister had requested cabinet to guide on the number of companies to be cleared to grow marijuana for medical purposes even when the law does provide for such consultations.

Aceng, however, insists the applications will have to wait for the final decision of cabinet.

This comes a few months after Kibra Member of Parliament Ken Okoth tabled a bid to have bhang legalized in Kenya but was met with opposition from a section of bodies in the countries which say marijuana is harmful to health.

The infographic is courtesy of the Huffington Post

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