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Kenyan Presidential Hopeful Wants a “Green” Future with China

George Wajackoya, an outlier in Kenya’s upcoming presidential race, is doubling down on his suggestion to pay off his country’s towering infrastructure debt to China with marijuana. 

He urged Kenya to revolutionize its economic outlook by legalizing the cultivation of the plant: “Discovery of oil in the Middle East transformed the Gulf countries from deserts to wealthy nations. Once we start exporting marijuana, ours will change too. We will sleep longer and be forced to import workers from abroad just like Middle East,” 

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