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Extra Time: Ghanaian coach Agyemang wants license to cultivate marijuana

15:31 GMT 10/01/2018
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The football coach-turned-pundit believes legalisation of cannabis will help improve Ghana's economy

Former Eleven Wise and Okwawu United coach Nana Kwaku Agyemang has sent an appeal to Ghana government to grant him a license to start marijuana plantation in the country.

The 'Rastafarian' believes the banned substance has several medical benefits and that its production could help boost the country’s dwindling economy.

“I want a license that will enable me to grow cannabis legitimately and export it to other countries who have a proper research and development department that can turn this into serious medicine," Agyemang told Class FM.

"This is to help us all by generating revenue for government through taxes. If you smoke it, sometimes it can deal with other ailments that people are suffering from. I think we need to take a second look and have a national debate because there is a serious lack of understanding. 

"Cannabis has been ‘bastardised’ as something that Rastafarians just put in there and smoke [but] it is much more than that and can be exported to countries that entertain it,” he added.

Agyemang is currently working as a Ghana Premier League pundit with Metro TV and other local television stations.

Ghanaian laws forbid the cultivation and possession of narcotic drugs including Marijuana, which could attract up to 10 years in prison.