Economist David Ndii has renewed calls for the legalization of marijuana in Kenya.
Through Twitter on Wednesday, Ndii admitted he used to smoke bhang while in high school and still topped in his O-level examination.
“Marijuana was criminalized by colonialists. It follows that if we decriminalize it, the crime of smoking bhang will cease to exist. I smoked bhang occasionally in secondary school (age 12-16), still topped my school in O-Level exams,” Ndii wrote.
Ndii further noted that the number of bhang smokers in Kenya exceeds that of cigarette smokers, terming its prohibition as a “continuation of colonialism.”
“Smoking of marijuana is widespread. In fact, we have more marijuana than cigarette smokers. I am aware of the problem of alcoholics needing rehab, where is the similar multitude of marijuana addicts?” he posed.
He added: “Civil liberty is a most important issue. I cannot think of a more important issue in society than political rights and civil liberties. Criminalization of marijuana and traditional liquor is continuation of colonialism. Criminalization of marijuana is an unjust law. It’s a victimless crime. Unjust laws must be resisted.”
Ndii, together with Narok Senator Ledama Ole Kina, have been vocal about the decriminalization of marijuana in the country.