- Africa Cannabis Association has a membership of 300 youths from Meru, Nyeri and Nairobi.
- Ms Muriithi said cannabis oil has been hailed by some countries as a wonder drug.
- Last year, a biochemist wrote to the National Assembly seeking the licensing of at least 150,000 farmers to grow bhang.
A lobby group that seeks to put pressure on the government through the National Assembly to legalise bhang owing to “its healthy supplements and environmental conservation” benefits to Kenyans has been formed.
The association known as Africa Cannabis Association with a membership of 300 youths from Meru, Nyeri and Nairobi, aims to agitate for the legalisation of marijuana, protection of farmers from exploitation by buyers upon legalisation and campaign to have Kenyans change their attitude on bhang.
According to the association’s chairperson Nyaruai Muriithi, the cannabis industry will be worth 146 billion dollars by 2025 and owing to its huge economic power it will propel Africa to a more developed continent.
“For these reasons we are pushing for the cultivation and manufacturer of medical marijuana that can be used to treat a myriad ailments such as epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and some types of cancer.
“The versatility of the plant also allows it to be used as a nutritional food supplement due its many active elements and minerals and it is also used in the cosmetic industry and for textile and paper manufacturing thus conserving the environment,” she told the Nation.
She said cannabis oil has been hailed by some countries as a wonder drug and it would only be wise for the Kenyan Parliament to pass the proposal by Kibra MP Ken Okoth to legalise bhang.