“I am a God-fearing man and the chief has uprooted my plants without my consent. This is a traditional herb that needs to be adopted for its medicinal value”

A man from Mugui village in Kenya who has been growing cannabis as a vegetable since 1972 was none too happy when his plants were uprooted, allegedly after the local chief received complaints.

Gerald Njiru Ireri accused the chief of disrupting his plants, which he maintains have medicinal value, without his permission, according to The Standard.

Ireri has been arrested for planting cannabis on his farm, as has been his wife.

Despite his long history of growing ganja — which he began in the early 1970s after being introduced to the plant by a man who used to live in the forest — the practice didn’t go over so well with his wife. She has been pulling out the cannabis plants for years in a bid to discourage her husband’s green thumb, but to no avail, notes The Standard.

Source:  https://lfpress.com/cannabis-news/kenyan-man-says-he-has-been-growing-cannabis-as-a-vegetable-for-almost-five-decades