David Adjetey Adjei, the Head of Greater Accra Regional Narcotics Control Commission, has affirmed that holding weed without necessarily smoking is a criminal offense under the laws of Ghana.
Marijuana popularly known as weed, Ganja, or Cannabis remains one of the most popular illegal drugs in this country. There are many ways of using marijuana, and each one affects users differently.
Some Youth of Ghana has adopted a new way of using marijuana (weed). They rolled it up and smoked like a cigarette.
People sometimes mix it in food and eat it or brew it as tea (edibles). Either way, weed, if consumed, is highly addictive. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the main psychoactive compound in cannabis that produces a high sensation.
Mr. Adjei speaking in an interview with Berla Mundi on TV3’s New Day morning show shed light on the law governing narcotics control in our country, Ghana.
According to him, “If anyone possesses marijuana (weed) and is not even smoking or using it, it’s an offense. The law prohibits the possession of any narcotic drug. The mere fact that you are holding it is an offense.
The reason for you holding it may be asked later. It’s a secondary matter. The fact that you are holding it means you have offended the law and you can be prosecuted and put in jail”.
Mr. Adjei added that persons found with any narcotic drug, particularly weed, could face a possible jail term between two and five years with hard labor.