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Anite suspends licence issued to Israeli firm to grow marijuana

Government has suspended the license issued to an Israeli firm, Together Pharma to grow medical marijuana in Uganda.

The state minister of Finance and Investment, Evelyn Anite announced the decision this morning, saying the Health minister has been tasked to research on the matter and report back.

According to Anite, the prime minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda has called an expert’s meeting to discuss the issue next week.

"Yesterday, when I learnt that my in backyard we had licensed, I quickly made phone call and said we have to hold the license until cabinet disposes off this subject, until proper regulation is put in place and then we’ll be able to move." said Anite.  

Last week, URN published a story indicating that Industrial Globus Pharma Uganda Limited, a subsidiary of Together Pharma had secured license from Uganda Investment Authority (UIA) on March 18, 2019 to grow medical marijuana in the country. 

Emely Kugonza , the Uganda Investment Authority (UIA) board chairperson, said they issued the license after the company secured approvals from different government agencies and ministries including Internal Affairs and National Drug Authority (NDA). 

"A company by the name of Industrial Globus Pharma Uganda Limited was licensed to actually grow medical cannabis for export in Kasese, Busongora county…Now this is for export and this was after a due process because Uganda Investment Authority’s mandate is to license investors but there are other agencies of government that are responsible for the various due diligence and requirements that must be fulfilled." said Kugonza. 

The Justice and Constitutional Affairs minister, Kahinda Otafiire wrote to Together Pharma early this year, assuring the company that government wouldn’t hesitate to approve its request to grow medical marijuana. Health minister, Jane Aceng said a fortnight ago that cabinet wants assurances from the company that growing medical marijuana wouldn’t have a negative impact on the economy. 

The National Drug Policy and Authority Act, 1993 provides that “No person shall, without the written consent of the Health minister… cultivate any plant from, which a narcotic drug can be extracted”.

Comments

0 #1 Jama 2019-04-17 17:01
If well controlled by the authorities, marijuana export can bring in foreign currency.
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+1 #2 Karemire 2019-04-17 17:37
Quoting Jama:
If well controlled by the authorities, marijuana export can bring in foreign currency.


Correct, BUT (a) some Ugandans will consume that drug too [purely for recreational use].

Addiction to such drugs is an unbearable risk that should be avoided, if possible. I do not see that "control" [which you refer to] happening in Uganda.

(b) I am nervous of current "authorities" intents on such matters. (c) you must be aware of how the hard-earned foreign currencies are being squandered by those in power.
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0 #3 Gastone 2019-04-17 18:19
won't this company need the out growers?

will then growing of and trading in marijuana still be illegal in Uganda? To those who were crying for him, Jesus said " cry for yourselves and your children"
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+3 #4 Mubiru 2019-04-17 18:29
If corruption, nepotism, endemic tribalism, highway robbery, illegal immigrants including foreigners dealing in drugs using Entebbe airport as their transit route to their overseas markets, just to mention but a few, are beyond control due to thieving, how can any one expect marijuana to be controlled just in the name of foreign currency?

The foreign earnings end up in the hands of the untouchable thieves any way. I have never heard of Israel growing marijuana in their country for any purpose at all except in Uganda the damping place for every "rubbish" on earth.
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+1 #5 rubangakene 2019-04-17 20:49
Marijuana use in Uganda is a curse; you see this is a practice that was "imported" from our soldiers who fought in Burma.

I remember in my village, these ex-KAR used to smoke it far away from home, usually in the woods near rivers.

Even so they smoke through an arrangement so that the smoke passes through water to purify it, hence the chortling noise.

We use to hide and spy on them. You see they could even laugh with flies and any insects in the vicinity. Just imagine if the thing becomes official in Uganda, what will happen?
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+1 #6 Wante martino 2019-04-18 08:15
Interesting, me wonders HOW Ugandans work, today you "Issue a Licence" tomorrow, you cancel it, in the First place, why issue a Licence before all Conditions and Assurances are got!
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0 #7 Kelly 2019-04-18 12:00
Quoting Jama:
If well controlled by the authorities, marijuana export can bring in foreign currency.


Jama, why use the words "Well" and "Authorities/Government/NRM" in the same sentence when you know the two don't mix?

If well controlled by the authorities, there would no buildings in wetlands.

If well controlled by the authorities, boda boda will not be a menace in Kampala

If well controlled by the authorities, UPE pupils in some districts will not be studying under trees.

If well controlled by authorities, they would not have licensed a firm to grow marijuana in Uganda.
And what is "the Authorities" in Uganda's speak?
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0 #8 Kelly 2019-04-18 12:03
Quoting Wante martino:
Interesting, me wonders HOW Ugandans work, today you "Issue a License" tomorrow, you cancel it, in the First place, why issue a License before all Conditions and Assurances are got!


Martino, those ones have already pocketed their fair share of the spoils.

The Anite's were sidelined hence the revocation of the license. After their appetites have been wet, they will also "approve" the license. That is how Uganda government works.
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+1 #9 Kelly 2019-04-18 12:05
Israel prides itself in turning a desert into a forest and virtually grows anything under the sun.

So what about the marijuana? Is there anything that more than meets the eyes?
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+2 #10 Lakwena 2019-04-18 15:52
Including human trafficking: under a corrupt and criminally minded NRM leadership, anything goes.

I wish e.g., to remind Ugandans about last week at Munyonyo; where firebrand, Prof. Patrick Otieno Lumumba told his listeners that: African State Houses are like Casinos, where most dirty, unholy and anti people's deals are transacted.

In other words, if it is not to dope and corrupt the minds and social fabric of our people; given their advance irrigation technology, can't the descendants of Abraham (Jews) grow medicinal weed on the shores of Lake Galilee?
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