Ken Okoth’s legacy: the marijuana bill

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Probably one thing that the former Kibra MP, Kenneth Okoth, will be remembered for in his line of duty is his 2018 Marijuana Control Bill.

Last year, Okoth proposed a bill seeking to legalize marijuana in Kenya.

The legislator suggested that the growth and use of Marijuana should be legalized mostly due to its medicinal purposes. According to the American Cancer Society, smoking marijuana can help relieve nausea and pain that results from chemotherapy.

Kibra MP, Kenneth Okoth AT Kibra Music Festival on July 7, 2019. | Source: ODM Party |

“Medical cannabis and cannabis oils are documented for being effective in pain relief and non-addictive treatment of certain symptoms and side effects. We need to empower doctors to safely prescribe medical cannabis in Kenya,” Okoth said in an interview with a local media house.

The bill also sought to have charges against those convicted for use of marijuana dropped.

Okoth suggested that the growth and use of Cannabis be regulated so that it doesn’t get abused especially by minors. He suggested that marijuana be limited to personal possession of 30 gram but four plants per household.

He also suggested that more research and policy development be done on the growth and use of marijuana.

Kibra MP Kenneth Okoth pays Prof. Judi Wakhungu a courtesy call. | Source: Prof. Judi Wakhungu |

The legislator also felt that the legalization would create more job opportunities.

“Progressive taxation measures for the marijuana industry to boost economic independence of Kenya and promote job creation along the full spectrum of the value addition chain for marijuana and hemp,” he told the National Assembly Speaker, Justin Muturi.

Unfortunately, the Marijuana Control Bill did not reach Parliament for debate.

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