Museveni assents to bill legalizing use of marijuana, but for medical purposes

Kampala, (UG): Uganda has become the latest African country to legalize the use of marijuana for medical purposes after President Yoweri Museveni assented to the groundbreaking bill which however comes with a tough-love approach regulating against illicit use of the green plant.

The Narcotics and Psychotropic Substances (Control) Act 2023, presents unlocked doors for licensed cultivation and usage of marijuana for therapeutic purposes. This move reflects a growing global embrace of cannabis’ potential to alleviate pain and manage medical conditions.

The Act however come with stringent regulations governing every step, to ensure responsible use and prevent recreational misuse.

The Act also packs a punch, imposing harsher penalties for drug-related offences. This aims to curb public violence and shield young people from the clutches of illegal substances.

Inside the legislation, the Act specifically tackles drug trafficking within educational institutions which signals the government’s determination to safeguard Uganda’s future generations from the perils of illegal drugs.

The President also assented to four other bills besides the Narcotics law, which include; the Civil Aviation Amendment Bill 2024 and the Judicature Amendment Bill 2023.

The latter, however, reportedly caused ripples of disagreement within parliament, highlighting the complex dance of legal reforms.

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