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Dagoretti South lawmaker John Kiarie is vouching for a law legalizing the industrial and medicinal use of marijuana.

Kiarie made the call during the debate on the Crops Bill, 2019 at the National Assembly saying the country can no longer be blind to its economic benefits.

According to the lawmaker, there was a need to review the country’s agriculture concept to net into the benefits of the non-conventional crops.

“I feel it is time we also consider legalizing marijuana in this country Mr. Speaker. I know marijuana is pest-resistant. It is time we stopped being cowards as a house and start looking at crops that will be of benefit to this country,” he said.

He said that everyone understands the benefits in the marijuana production value chain, for medicinal and industrial use.

Kiarie said legalizing marijuana should not be misconstrued as calling for its recreational use.

“This is for us to open our minds so that we reap from the benefits of a crop that is not affected by pests and diseases and is also drought resistant,” the MP added.

He gave an example of the industrial use of industrial hemp which is a variety of the Cannabis sativa plant species that is grown specifically for industrial use and can be used to make a wide range of products.

“This is a discussion that we will open as we have a holistic look at how we tackle agriculture.”

He added that there was the need to rethink the country’s agriculture sector holistically to get maximum benefit in crops such as bixa, and marijuana.

Bixa crop, locally known as ‘mrangi’ is one of world’s most important natural colourant. It makes for about 70 per cent of world’s natural dyes. There are two bixa seasons in a year and crop is a shrub that grows to between two and three metres high and can germinate from seeds or cuttings.

The bill sponsored by Matuga MP Kassim Tandaza Sawa seeks to include Achiote – known in the Coast as ‘mrangi’ as a cash crop.

The legislature joins the growing chorus pushing for the legalisation of marijuana, popularly known as weed.

Cannabis Sativa is the world’s most popular drug and is the highest value therapeutic crop known at the moment, despite being illegal in many parts of the world, including Kenya.

He joins, popular band Sauti Sol and outspoken Narok Senator Ledama Ole Kina who has been campaigning for the legalisation of marijuana in Kenya.

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