The Director of the National Authority for the Campaign Against Drug Abuse (NACADA) Vincent Mwasia Mutua aka Chipukeezy has commented on reports that a US firm has been licensed to grow Marijuana on a 500 acre land in Kenya.
Chipukeezy’s statement after reports US firm is set to grow Marijuana in Kenya
He is a director at NACADA
On Tuesday, Business Daily reported that an American company based in New York "GoIP Global Inc", had obtained a license from the Kenyan government that will allow it to cultivate marijuana in Kenya.
However, according to Chipukeezy, the information provided is misleading as the board responsible for issuing such licenses in not operational.
He also cautioned the US Company (GoIP Global Inc) to refrain from misleading the public.
“The article published on Page 1 and 4 of the Business Daily of March 25, 2019 about a firm that has obtained a license to grow Marijuana in Kenya is misleading. The Board that is envisaged to issue such licenses under The Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substance (Control) Act, 1994 is not operational. GoIP Global Inc is therefore advised to desist from misleading the public” wrote Chipukeezy.
The company, which is listed in OTC Markets Group, had alleged that they received approval from the Ministry of Agriculture and is finalizing steps for licensing to export Cannabis.
“After visiting Kenya and meeting with officials in country, I’m very excited about the prospects this agreement brings to our company. This is the first of several critical transactions that will transform GOIP into a relevant member of the burgeoning cannabis industry," GoIP Chairman Ike Sutton said.
Ministry of Agriculture
The Ministry of Agriculture, through Principal Secretary Hamadi Boga, denied being aware of such a licence given that marijuana is illegal in Kenya.
“I am not aware of the licensing of the said firm to grow marijuana. As you are aware, cannabis is not in the list of crops that we currently regulate,” Boga told the Business Daily.
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