Ondo State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu has advocated for the legalization of marijuana in Nigeria, but only for medical grounds.
The manufacturing, distribution, and use of psychoactive drugs are completely banned in Nigeria, but the governor says its deployment can be controlled for certain purposes.
The 65-year-old said during a meeting with pharmacists on Wednesday, September 1, 2021, that more in-depth research into marijuana for medicinal purposes is one of the pathways to its controlled cultivation.
He noted that the abused usage and circulation of marijuana in the black market would drop drastically if it is legalized in Nigeria.
“In Ogbese, we can have a farm where NDLEA will be in charge. Nobody can take it out to smoke. From there, it gets to you for medicinal purposes.
“Pharmacists have been working on herbs, you can research on this too. It is one of the pathways to the controlled cultivation,” he said.
The governor cautioned that Nigeria is already missing out on the huge revenue generated from marijuana in other parts of the world.