KIGALI — Rwanda has legalised the use of medical Marijuana, according to ministerial order No. 003/MoH/2021 issued June 25, 2021 and gazetted on June 28, 2021.
Rwandan government will now five year renewable licenses to cultivators, importers and researchers and said only licensed producers will be allowed to trade in the sector.
Rwanda wants to contribute to research centres and drugs industries to supply them raw material so that we gain money, the order added.
“The eligible person for the activities provided for by this order is an investor or any other person who is committed to perform any activity of cultivation, processing, importation, export and use of cannabis and cannabis products, for medical or research purposes,” the order reads in part, adding that: “only an operator that holds a cultivation licence is allowed to apply for an import or export permit for cannabis seeds, genetic materials and other planting material”.
The Ministerial order added that the use of cannabis can only be on recommendation of a specialist doctor.
“Medical use of cannabis and cannabis products can only be made on the condition that they are prescribed by a specialist medical doctor.” says Article 14 of the ministerial order
An operator of activities related to cannabis and cannabis products must also provide a security plan to the Rwanda National Police for approval.