A businessman has petitioned MPs to allow him to make food additives from bhang. This is after all state agencies rejected his request. Simon Mwaura, a self-proclaimed biochemist, said bhang is highly nutritious. That is, after the removal of the components that make people high.
He also proposed that the plant be grown in national parks, military barracks, or in controlled farms by licensed people. Mwaura said he will buy a kilogram of bhang at Sh10,000 and farmers would make Sh1 million per acre in one season. According to him, the petition will see 150,000 licensed growers allowed to grow on at most one acre each.
Mwaura is the proprietor of Nairobi-based firm Hyraquip. His request was first thrown out by the Agriculture ministry in March 2014. This is after Mwaura sought the publication of anotice to declare bhang and miraa special crops to enable him undertake a pilot program in all the counties.
Mwaura was referred to the Kenya Bureau of Standards and the Public Health department to determine whether bhang has beneficial nutritional properties.
However, in April 2014 the Pharmacy and Poisons Board registrar Kipkerich Koskei rejected Mwaura’s application on account of marijuana being prohibited in the country. Meanwhile, Matungulu MP Stephen Mule said the committee would invite all state agencies involved to explain why they rejected Mwaura’s request.
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