A petition filed before the Senate seeking to legalise the use of banned Cannabis Sativa (bhang) plant in Kenya has faced strong opposition from some of the senators. However despite attracting intense debate in the House on this week, some senators differed with their colleagues and supported the move, saying the plant’s by-products can be used after extensive research.
Nyamira Senator Kenneth Okong’o Mong’are who is supporting the legalization of bhang for Medical and industrial use and who is also eying the presidency in August 8th poll shocked his colleagues by confirming he is a former consumer of marijuana.
“It doesn’t mean that if the plant is legalized, it will destroy lives. It depends with the level of indulgence. As a juvenile, I used it. I was also in India where the plant is legalized but it is vital if people are disciplined. You can choose not to use it,” said Okong’o. He stressed, “As a House, we can come up with regulations that encourage deterrence. The government can allow it but have regulations that restrict use.”
Marijuana has been proven by scientist and also confirmed by governments that it reduces cancerous tumors and has been known to cure the diseases and many other conditions.