In line with the Uganda's Cabinet debate, on the health and financial merits of marijuana, it has emerged that the country has been importing tonnes of fertilised weed seeds and potting soils, worth billions of shillings, report states.
At least five containers of potting soils (150 tonnes) and cannabis seeds (2,000kgs) entered the country in 2018 from various seed banks of Netherlands and Sri Lanka.
According the country’ media, Daily Monitor, it has seen a copy of the invoices for the importation of marijuana seeds that also bear a stamp of the Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) dated August 30, 2018.
The invoice was issued on August 24, 2018 by one of the marijuana seed banks from Netherlands and contains at least nine types of cannabis seeds.
Some of the cannabis seeds imported into the country last year with clearance from URA and ministry of Agriculture are Desfrán, Durban Poison, Frisian Dew, Mazar, Power Plant, Shaman, BULK-CBD Auto Charlotte's Angel, Phyto Sanitary certificate and postage.
The company paid Ush160 million ($42,300) for the seeds.
Industrial Hemp Uganda Ltd, a private company based in Hima, Kasese District, has been reportedly working with Industrial Globus Pharma Uganda Ltd, a subsidiary of Together Pharma from Israel to import marijuana seeds and soils into Uganda.