Kibera Member of parliament Ken Okoth has written to National Assembly speaker Justin Muturi to petition for the legalisation of Marijuana use in Kenya.
Mr. Okothalso wants all criminal records against citizens with prior convictions of marijuana use dropped and amnesty measures instituted.
In his letter dated September 21, 2018, Okoth wants Parliament to regulate the growing and safe use of marijuana.
The MP also said that there is research and policy development on growth and use of marijuana and hemp for medical industrial textile and recreational purposes.
This, he said, is with a focus on preservation of intellectual property rights for Kenyan research and national heritage, knowledge and our indigenous plant assets.
“There should be progressive taxation measures for the marijuana industry to boost Kenya’s economic independence and promote job creation.”
Okoth said the legalisation will create possible jobs along the full spectrum of the value addition chain for marijuana and hemp.
Okoth asked Muturi for assistance in preparation of the necessary Bill for publication.