Rwanda has legalized the planting and use of marijuana for medical purposes.
The legalization of the holy plant by Health and Justice ministers and the Attorney General will now pave the way for mass production of weed.
The law gives guidelines on how commercial production of cannabis for medical purposes will be done and outlines strict control measures to fight weed abuse.
The order, however states that use of cannabis can only be on the recommendation of a specialist doctor and it will not just be marijuana open season like many would imagine.
“Medical use of cannabis and cannabis products can only be made on the condition that they are prescribed by a specialist medical doctor.” reads the ministerial order in part.
The order also stipulates measures that weed farmers must comply with to be given licences to run their farms.
It says that any investor or person who wants to cultivate, process, import and export marijuana and its products are free to do so as long it’s solely for medical or research purposes.
The new law lists eight available licences and activities allowed with each licence to be valid for up to five years before it can be renewed.
Marijuana farmers and dealers will be compelled to provide a security plan to the Rwanda National Police before their activities can be approved.
Not adhering to the guidelines will result in a fine of not less than Ksh 109,482 and not more than Ksh 5.4 million.
More and more countries in Africa and across the world are allowing commercial production of cannabis.
Rwanda joins African countries including Lesotho, Morocco, Uganda and Zimbabwe that have legalized medical use of marijuana.
Across the world, about 30 other countries have approved medical use of marijuana. They include; Argentina, Germany, Netherlands, Australia, Greece, Norway, Canada, Israel, Poland, Jamaica, Switzerland, Turkey, Denmark, Finland, Mexico, Peru, Chile, Italy, Poland, Colombia, Romania, Croatia, San Marino, Cyprus, Luxembourg, Czech Republic, Macedonia, Malta and Uruguay.