By Our Reporter
Uganda is expected to start exporting medical cannabis also known as medical marijuana early next year as the construction of a Shs 44.5bn Cannabis plant is nearing completion in Hima, Kasese district.
The factory seats on 12.5 acres of land including five green houses of cannabis weed, a processing factory and other production systems which will be the largest cannabis factory in the whole of Africa with its annual export value projected at Shs 1trillion.
Benjamin Cadet the Director Industrial Hemp Uganda Limited (IHUL) told Uganda Health news that his company partnered with Together Pharma an Israel company to form a trade name Industrial Globus that has investing money in the project.
According to Cadet, the growing process is on and the first export of processed medical cannabis is expected in the first quarter of 2020
He said the final product of the plant is expected to respond to the growing world demand for medical treatment of skin ailment, chronic pain, epilepsy and cancer.
The factory will be the first production of medical cannabis in Uganda and is being highly regulated by the ministry of health and National Drug Authority under the narcotic and psycho-substances control act 2015
However it is illegal in Uganda to grow the plant and has landed many people in jail for both consuming and growing the weed. On many occasions police has been destroying gardens of the weed especially in the eastern part of the country.
However local farmers keep it in the backyard for treatment of various diseases in chicken, goats and pigs among others