Raila Odinga Junior has defended his recent calls for the legalisation of marijuana in Kenya.
Speaking during an interview with Kiss FM’s Shaffie Weru and Adelle Onyango, Raila Junior noted that marijuana was once legal in Kenya and therefore, it is the right time to decriminalize it.
According to Junior, Marijuana can benefit patients suffering from various ailments, including HIV-Aids.
“One of the taboo subjects in Kenya is marijuana, but it is the right time to push for this. It was made illegal in Kenya 1994, but before that it was legal. It was used back in the history as a pain reliever during childbirth, among other medicinal purposes. It can be used as a chronic pain reliever for cancer survivors, or a stimulant for appetites that does not need to be smoked. This is what we want to push.”
Junior also highlighted the advantages of Marijuana as a cash crop that can contribute to the economy of Kenya.
“If you look around the world — America, South Africa — they have legalised recreational marijuana, and they are now pushing it to marijuana farming. Cannabis sativa, which is an Indian variety of cannabis, can be used as a cash crop product to earn foreign exchange, which adds to the economy of Kenya.
“We know very well that if marijuana is abused, it can cause drug psychosis. But we are addressing control prescribed on medicinal use under supervision of a health profession, because even painkillers like Panadol, when used wrongly, can kill,” Junior said.
The son of Opposition leader Raila Odinga further dismissed claims that he is pushing for Marijuana legalisation to join politics.
“Why is it every time someone has something, is having an agenda to join something,” he said.
“I am performing my civic duty, which I feel we should all do. It is my passion and I was not vocal until something happened and I had to speak out through my social media, and now on radio.”