Ahead of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s planned tour of Jamaica next week, Nairobi governor Mike Sonko has added his voice to those hoping that the visit will push toward legalization of marijuana in Kenya.
President Kenyatta is also set to hold bilateral trade talks with Jamaica, visit reggae icon Bob Marley’s museum and pan Africanist Marcus Garvey’s memorial.
This has given those Kenyans hoping for the legalization of weed in the country a lot to speculate about regarding the future weed in Kenya.
Sonko spoke during the Second Memorial Service of the late Kibra MP ken Okoth. He said the drug could be useful in treating cancer cases in the country once legalized.
“Tunasikia bangi iko na dawa ya cancer. (We hear bhang helps treat cancer),” Sonko said.
The Late Okoth succumbed to cancer, sparking conversations in the country on the killer disease, leaders who suffer from it and opt for treatment outside the country and Kenya’s unpreparedness in handling the disease.
Sonko also said that the Late MP had tabled a bill in parliament seeking to have Marijuana legalized in the country, a bill he was not able to follow through to its fruition owing to his illness.
The late Okoth had in 2018, written to the speaker of the National Assembly Justin Muturi seeking Marijuana’s legalization.
Okoth in his submission to Parliament had written, “There is a regulation for growth and safe use of marijuana and hemp, including the registration of growers, producers, and manufacturers.” Okoth’s letter read.
On Thursday, Sonko added, that if the bill is passed in parliament, authorities should ensure that it’s the best quality to enable this.
“Ikipitishwa tutahakikisha ile bangi safi inaletwa kutoka Jamaica (If the bill is passed, we’ll ensure pure bhang is brought from Jamaica),” Sonko said.