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Kenya pours cold water on cannabis reform, calls investor a “lunatic”.

The Kenyan government has denied claims that it has awarded Los Angeles-based company GoIP Global Inc a cannabis cultivation license in that country. Kenya’s cabinet secretary accused GoIP Global Inc’s CEO of being “a lunatic” for thinking the company was negotiating a 25 year lease for 500 acres of land for cannabis production. The company said it got initial approval from the Kenyan government on 7 March 2019 to establish an export facility, but Nairobi doesn’t think so. 

GoIP Global Inc CEO Ike Sutton said: “After visiting Kenya and meeting with officials in country, I’m very excited about the prospects this agreement brings to our company. This is the first of several critical transactions that will transform GOIP into a relevant member of the burgeoning cannabis industry.”

“In Kenya, GoIP is working with authorities to legalize and permit the growing of cannabis for Export. As an update to the previous press release by the company, GoIP has received positive initial response for a license, and is diligently working towards a final initiative to grow and export cannabis and industrial hemp. The process is underway and the government requested prerequisites are being addressed.  GoIP’s team plans to revisit Kenya shortly to further pursue this initiative, and together with Attorney Robert Hoban, an expert Cannabis lawyer that works with governments worldwide to address legislation for Cannabis legalization, work towards that end.

Ike Sutton, CEO, stated, “After receiving the approval to move forward, and seeing how quickly the cannabis industry is evolving on the world stage, I’m excited and highly confident regarding our initiatives in Kenya. I’m looking forward to getting back to Kenya next month and working to finalize this project.”

The visit never materialized. It was cut short by hardline anti-cannabis politicians. Kenya’s Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’ i, said legalization of cannabis was never going to happen in Kenya: “we have an application on my desk right now at the Ministry of Interior, by some lunatic who is saying they need a license to build a factory in Kenya that processes cannabis for pharmaceutical use. Which government will accept those things? It will not happen.”



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