Once again, a petition seeking to decriminalize Cannabis Sativa has elicited excitement from Kenyans on social media.
Gwada Ogot, the researcher behind the petition, appeared before The Senate Health Committee in April this year to defend the proposal.
On Wednesday, the Senate, led by Senate Speaker Kenneth Lusaka confirmed the receipt of the petition.
The upper house of the Parliament, which came back from recess on Wednesday, acknowledged two petitions in its sittings, Mr. Ogot’s Marijuana petition and Universities Academic Staff Union (UASU) petition regarding the 2013 – 2017 Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) for Universities Academic Staff.
The Senate has received a petition from Mr. Sammy Gwada Ogot seeking decriminalization of the Cannabis Sativa plant and its derivatives.
— Senate of Kenya (@Senate_KE) November 29, 2017
If the proposal goes through, bhang will be deleted from the list of narcotic drugs in the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act of 1994.
Ogot, a resident of Siaya county, argues in his petition that the plant has a myriad of documented benefits.
“I pray the House recommends amnesty for all people jailed for possession, usage, sale, cultivation, and transportation of cannabis sativa. Criminalising cannabis creates criminals where none existed,” Mr Ogot said.
He is also advocating for the establishment of a Cannabis regulatory body-Cannabis Sativa Board of Kenya (CSBK), to oversee the sector to ensure planting, trade, and consumption of the drug.
Here’s how Kenyans on Twitter reacted to the latest development.
Give that man a tusker
— Mck Mckenzie (@Afro_Mck) November 29, 2017
If Jubilee wants to unite Kenya without police force or NASA demo.This is the right direction to take without President Uhuru breaking a sweat or National Agenda or gory images we see on TV pic.twitter.com/FfcLOKhFON
— ben (@14may125) November 29, 2017
Allow the Nation to Blaze up and leave everyone to Meditate on what they have done
— Stop Slavery In Libya ?? (@AzuTopshutter) November 29, 2017
The bill should be blazed through.
— Agava Isabwa (@Agavament) November 29, 2017
Give that man a medal
— cool runnings© (@adiyobra) November 29, 2017
let the senate expedite this bill. Its long overdue.
— Palm Wine (@ngungah) November 29, 2017
— Braxton Lord (@braxton_lord) November 29, 2017
— cinnamon vddict (@Izhack) November 29, 2017
We whole heartedly support this petition.
— Myrddin (@TheLantean) November 29, 2017
This motion has been in the senate for over a year now. Apparently i donno what happened..
— Krispin nduva™ (@krispinnduva) November 30, 2017
Yes, it has! But most of them don’t make it to the table. Hoping this one does..
— *HitsBlunt* (@iamobiri) November 30, 2017
This just might unite country
— Del tiburón (@nicomwas) November 29, 2017
?? though the most difficult thing would be to change the negative connotation associated with ‘bangi’
— Del tiburón (@nicomwas) November 30, 2017
If they wanna unite guys let them legalize it, rastamam will be happy,, let them allow us blaze and meditate coz it’s 100% nature
— THE UNRULYKING?™ (@okotheugene03) November 30, 2017
Pass the bill, weed has a lot of benefits and kindly know why it was banned in America, nothing to do with it’s dangers
— Krop Krop (@djsugafree) November 30, 2017
this could be one unifying initiative.legalize and legalize the herb
— Youth Man Bissy (@ndesh_bissy) November 30, 2017
— Anthony Mbaja (@OpiyoMbaja) November 29, 2017
Way to go.. the herb has no known health effect and some developed countries have legalized it for recreational & medicinal use (of course you know that) pic.twitter.com/TVQEip9AmR
— Ty Ches (@ngt254) November 29, 2017
This might surely unite the country.
— Mue Klopp (@philmue) November 30, 2017