At Afram Plains in the Eastern Region, the biggest cannabis grow ever was found.
The Obuo Akroma Forest Reserve in the Afram Plains North District was home to the 80-hectare cannabis farm, which was uncovered on Saturday by the Forestry Commission.
A team of Forestry Commission employees detained five people, among them a teacher of agricultural science, after they descended on the suspects at the farm in response to a tip.
The suspects are Normenyo Blewu, Korsi Mawuena, Charles Kale, and Emmanuel Kojo in addition to Michael Anakpo, the Agric teacher and alleged farm leader.
The Police have subsequently received the suspects and are conducting investigations.
Richard Amoateng, the District Manager of the Forestry Commission in Afram Plains, who oversaw the operation over the weekend, reported that five plastic containers filled with the harvested material as well as alcoholic beverages laced with the narcotic substance were retrieved in addition to three maxi-sacks of harvested cannabis, six medium-sized sacks, three cutlasses, two hoes, and a knife.
After receiving information regarding the suspects’ actions in the forest reserve, Mr. Amoateng told the media that “we swiftly mobilized my team to the stated reserve where we encountered the suspects and numerous others in the farm.”
He claimed that as the suspects came at them, “my men overpowered them while others managed to escape being detained.”
The district manager continued, “The team has also found that several of the seedlings waiting to be planted have been nursed by the suspects.”
He claims that the squad also discovered 13 tents at the farm where the suspects were staying since they had put up a signpost saying “Don’t attempt.”
Mr. Amoateng gave the assurance that the Commission will quickly step up efforts to stop such unauthorized herb cultivation in the region.
Remember that Ghana’s new Narcotics Control Commission Act, 2020 (Act 1019), which was approved by Parliament on March 20, 2020 and signed by the President on May 11, 2020, aims to treat drug use and dependence as a public health issue rather than focusing on law enforcement, incarceration, punishment, and rehabilitation
The new law has changed the punishment for drug possession for personal use from a prison sentence to a fine ranging from 200 to 500 penalty units, or accordingly GH2, 400 to GH6,000.
Act 1019’s Section 43 of the Narcotic Control Commission Act, 2022 (Act 1019) states that “the Minister, on the recommendation of the Commission, may grant a license for the cultivation of cannabis, commonly known as “wee” in Ghana, with a dry weight content of not more than 0.3 percent for industrial purposes to obtain fiber or seed for medicinal purposes.”
However, a seven-member panel of the top court determined this portion breaches Article 106 of the 1992 Constitution, which outlines the procedures a bill must go through before it is passed into law by Parliament, and was therefore void, in a 4-3 majority ruling on Wednesday (July 28, 2022).