Health minister Dr Jane Aceng has come out to deny reports that she secretly favouring some companies that are bidding for licenses to grow Cannabis aka Marijuana for medicinal purposes in Uganda, against others.

“I have seen social media posts alleging that I am in trouble over Cannabis and others saying I am dealing in cannabis.
It’s unfortunate that some people always choose to circulate wrong information”. Aceng noted.

Last week, The social media was washed with reports that the Health minister had secretly used her connections and position to issue an order for two particular pharmaceutical companies to set up marijuana plantations and research laboratories in Uganda.

Ekyooto has learnt that Dr Aceng recently pulled a few strings using her clout at the Ministry, which saw two companies secure licenses from the Uganda Investment Authority (UIA), to start marijuana plantations in Uganda.

The move comes after researchers in Canada established that Cannabis Sativa had extracts that could be used in developing medication for Coronavirus (COVID-19).

However, controversy arose in the Ministry after investors of several companies that sent in requisitions for licenses to grow marijuana for medical purposes in started crying foul, wondering how the two new entrants in the field quickly secured licenses and all necessary authorization to operationalize their projects. This is because there are very many pharmaceutical companies from Canada, USA, Israel, Uganda and other countries that have been processing documentation for licenses and permits to grow marijuana but to date the red tape and bureaucracy involved in the process has frustrated their efforts, yet two new entrants recently scooped authorization to set up their projects.

Aceng’s statement
“I have seen social media posts alleging that I am in trouble over Cannabis and others saying I am dealing in cannabis.
It’s unfortunate that some people always choose to circulate wrong information.
I wish to categorically state that I am not involved in growing Cannabis and I am in no trouble over Cannabis.
I have not issued any authorization for cannabis growing in Uganda. Cabinet is yet to consider the feasibility of this.
Until then, I request the population to ignore the wrong media posts and treat it baseless and malicious.”

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