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#LegalizeIt: Kenyans’ raging debate on making bhang legal

 The debate was partly sparked by President Uhuru Kenyatta’s pending visit to Jamaica, where weed was legalized four years ago.

A raging debate is currently underway on twitter on whether marijuana should be legalized in Kenya.

The debate was partly sparked by President Uhuru Kenyatta’s pending visit to Jamaica, where weed, as marijuana is also referred to, was legalized four years ago. The debate also brought out the stereotypes associated with the Caribbean country and marijuana.

Through the hashtag #LegalizeIt, the conversation also roped in the late Kibra MP Ken Okoth who died from cancer. Okoth had drafted a Bill seeking legalisation of marijuana for medical purposes. 

Protagonists argued that marijuana extracts have been proven to alleviate pain and nausea among cancer patients.

However, the antagonists argued that legalisation will make marijuana easily accessible to underage kids, thereby breeding even more problems.

Here are the comments:

In the US, the marijuana industry is worth billions of dollars with several celebrities investing in the lucrative trade among them:

Snoop Dogg: In 2015, the rapper co-founded Leafs By Snoop, a company specialising in edibles and cannabis flower.  

“Leafs By Snoop is truly the first mainstream cannabis brand in the world and proud to be a pioneer,” he said.

Whoopi Goldberg: The award winning American actress, comedian and singer co-founded Whoopi and Maya in 2016. The company specialises in cannabis-infused topicals for relief of menstrual, perhaps one of the first firms to approach cannabis from a feminist perspective.

Wiz Khalifa: The rapper has a ‘simulation game’ named Weed Farm available on iTunes and Google Play. The game teaches how to plant, grow and harvest marijuana.

He launched his strain of marijuana named Khalifa Kush.

Mike Tyson: On December 20 2017, the world-renowned boxer launched a cannabis resort, the Tyson Ranch.

 Mike Tyson.

The upscale establishment in California boasts of an amphitheatre, edibles factory and a 40-acre campground.

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