The Narcotics Control Commission Act, 2020 (Act 1019), which contains the provision that has been deemed illegal by the Supreme Court, has drawn the attention of Speaker of the House Alban Bagbin.
The provision aimed to provide the interior minister the power to issue permits for the growth of cannabis for commercial or therapeutic reasons.
When the judges of the supreme court met, according to Bagbin, he raised his concerns and urged them to get adequate briefings from Parliament before making any judgements of this nature.
On July 6, the Narcotics Regulation Commission Amendment Bill, 2023, was submitted and read aloud in front of the legislature by Ambrose Dery, the interior minister.
Bagbin emphasised the value of collaborating with one another when in doubt before making choices, and he expressed his hopes for cooperation and mutual respect among the three branches of government.
“It is important to consult the other arm before making any decisions that the other arm wants to make,” he said. Without knowing how we do business around here, I don’t believe it is appropriate for the court to make such a significant judgement without consulting the house. They are aware of this, and I want the public to know about it for the good of the nation.
Bagbin urged openness and coordination between the executive and legislative arms of government, emphasising in particular the necessity of judicial consultation with Parliament prior to major decisions that have legislative implications.
Bagbin encouraged the appropriate committee to submit its report within a week in light of the Supreme Court’s decision, allowing for more thought and potential revisions to address the constitutional issues.