Cannabis: House Of Reps Take Position On Legalizing Marijuana In Nigeria

The House of Representatives has announced that it will not be in of support any bill to legalize marijuana in Nigeria.

Chairman of the House Committee on Narcotics, Francis Agbo, made this known when the Chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Buba Marwa appeared before the committee for budget defense.

Agbo said the committee is considering an amendment to the NDLEA bill to ensure adequate funding for the agency.

He added that the 9th Assembly will not support any bill to legalize marijuana in Nigeria, and called for tougher sanctions against drug peddlers.

He said: “We are not supporting the so-called legitimization of Cannabis. This committee is not fronting for that bill, is not proposing that bill because we know very clearly that Nigeria is a heavy user of Cannabis,.

“So if there is so much madness, killings and so on in the country now, if we legitimize Cannabis, the madness would quadruple.”

mNaija recalled that some prominent Nigerians have recently called on the government to legalize the production and use of cannabis in the country.

The Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu had on his part, called for the legalization of cannabis cultivation in the country for medicinal purposes.

Akeredolu stated this during a live interview programme tagged ‘Governor Speaks’, which is part of activities lined up in commemoration of his 100 days of his second term in office.

The Chairman of the South-West Governor’s forum said cannabis could be a strong foreign exchange earner for Nigeria if its cultivation was legalized.

In addition to that, Seun Kuti declared support for the call by the Ondo State Governor.

Grammy award winner Burna Boy also opined that hypocrisy is why marijuana is yet to be legalized in Nigeria. According to him; “everybody does it, but no one wants to be the one that is seen talking about it.”

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