Nigeria’s Lawmakers Must Not Legalise The Use Of Marijuana, NDLEA Boss Cautions

By Charles Nwabardi

The Chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), General Muhammad Buba Marwa has cautioned lawmakers against legalisation of cannabis in the country.

He said that members of the National Assembly who would vote to support the legalisation of cannabis cannot dare return to their constituencies.

Recall that in May 2021, House of Representatives began moves to legalise cannabis in order to take advantage of its economic benefits.

Speaking on Friday after a courtesy visit to President Muhammadu Buhari, in Abuja, the NDLEA boss said “So, while we appreciate those who want to localise it for financial gains, we have to be careful to reconcile it with life. So it’s money versus life. And up to this point, science has not developed up to the point where it can remove the THC in cannabis to zero,”

Therefore, cannabis is harmful to our health; it is a danger to society. We must never allow its legalisation. What’s more, Nigeria has 10.6 million cannabis users; this is the highest in the world. Isn’t it sad?

“We can never support legalisation and I don’t see how the National Assembly would pass the Act because I know 90% or more of the honorable and distinguished members of the National Assembly know the implications of this legalisation.

“They dare not go back to their constituencies if anyone signs legalisation because we’re seeing the implication on the ground. The youths, the families are being destroyed because of cannabis and drugs. It wouldn’t be legalized by the grace of God.”

Written by: Frank Oshanugor

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