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Here is why Raila Junior badly wants smoking of bhang legalized in Kenya

By THOMAS MATIKO October 18th, 2018 1 min read

Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s son Raila Junior has renewed his campaign to have bhang smoking legalized in Kenya, explaining why he is so desperate to have the ban on consumption of the weed lifted.

The younger Raila says legalizing bhang will go a long way in benefiting persons living with HIV-AIDS.

Raila Junior also claims that the banned drug has many other benefits, such as improving a user’s appetite, which he says is vital for persons living with HIV-AIDS who are undergoing treatment.

“Marijuana was used back in history as pain reliever during childbirth among other medicinal purposes. It can be used as a chronic pain reliever for cancers survivors or a stimulant for appetites that does not need to be smoked and this can help many patients including those affected with HIV-AIDS,” Raila Junior said during a recent radio interview.

Kibra MP, Ken Okoth, who is similarly campaigning for the legalization of the banned stimulant, recently drafted and presented a bill to the National Assembly seeking to have Marijuana legalized.

According to the MP, bhang users stand to benefit from the medicinal value of the stimulant.

South Africa recently legalized the use of bhang, a move Raila Junior says Kenya should emulate.