Cannabis in Kenya

Cannabis in Kenya is illegal; the drug is locally referred to as bhang or banghi.[1]


Cannabis ("bhang") was banned in Kenya during the British colonial East Africa Protectorate under the Opium Ordinance, effective 1 January 1914.[2][3] However, there have been recent campaigns that have called for its legalisation. For example, the late Ken Okoth, a former member of parliament for the [constituency] in the capital city, was advocating for its legalisation on the basis of its medicinal values.


  1. ^ Paul V. Daly (July 1996). The Supply of Illicit Drugs to the United States: The Nnicc Report. DIANE Publishing. pp. 64–. ISBN 978-0-7881-3942-0.
  2. ^ Kenya Gazette. 15 October 1913. pp. 882–.
  3. ^ Kenya Gazette. 4 March 1914. pp. 203–.