Ondo State Governor and Chairman of the South-West Governors’ Forum, Rotimi Akeredolu, has stated it is vital for the nation to legalise the cultivation of hashish for medicinal functions.
He additionally stated he was in Thailand to check the cultivation of hashish for medicinal use.
Illegal cultivation of hashish is widespread in Ondo State.
Akeredolu made the assertion throughout a reside interview programme tagged ‘Governor Speaks’, which is a part of actions lined up in commemoration of his 100 days of his second time period in workplace.
The governor was sworn in for a second time period in workplace on February 24, 2021, after he had previously received the October 10, 2020 governorship election on the platform of the All Progressives Congress.
Speaking throughout a reside interview, the governor stated hashish could possibly be a robust international trade earner for Nigeria if its cultivation was legalised.
Akeredolu stated, “We should discover a strategy to legalise the cultivation of hashish for medicinal functions. There is nothing fallacious with it. We are solely capturing ourselves within the foot. It is a international trade earner for folks outdoors the nation. People need this. We ourselves, even our pharmacies wish to develop…
“I travelled out of right here and I used to be in Thailand attempting to check the cultivation of hashish for pharmaceutical use. We did all these, we even went there with NDLEA (National Drug Law Enforcement Agency), the chairman at the moment went with us, possibly he got here and stated what he went for was for a distinct factor however that was why we went and all I felt that permit us have a look at the best way they did it over there.
“Everybody has a drug problem, most countries have a drug problem. We are having it here, it is not as pronounced here as in other places but there are ways they went about these things that those who are involved in drugs, those who are selling, those who are exporting had other ways of doing things that they had to leave it. So, when we talk about cultivation, we are saying in which it is a monitored one, in which NDLEA will have an office (near farms).”
On January 7, 2021, Punch had reported that the House of Representatives was proposing the legalisation of cultivation and buying and selling in hashish for medical and beauty use, analysis functions in addition to income technology for Nigeria.
It was being proposed within the Cannabis Control Bill 2020, sponsored by Miriam Onuoha, which was awaiting a second studying however the invoice has been met with stiff criticisms and opposition.
The laws is titled, ‘A Bill for an Act to Regulate the Cultivation, Possession, Availability and Trade of Cannabis for Medical and Research Use, and Related Purposes.’
Cannabis cultivation and sale are presently outlawed within the nation.
If the invoice turns into regulation, hospitals and docs will probably be allowed to prescribe doses of hashish for the therapy of sufferers, whereas pharmacies and shops will probably be allowed to promote the drug.