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Governor Akeredolu advocates for legalization of marijuana in Nigeria

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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.

Governor Akeredolu advocates for legalization of marijuana in Nigeria

Governor Akeredolu advocates for legalization of marijuana in Nigeria

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.



His position is a direct contrast to that of Kano State governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, who said last week he was not on board with legalizing the substance.

The Chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Buba Marwa, has also been a strong campaigner against legalizing marijuana.

He said that legalizing it would cause a setback for the agency’s progress in battling the distribution of illicit drugs in Nigeria.

Over 10.6 million Nigerians currently abuse cannabis, according to NDLEA.

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