The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has cautioned members of the National Assembly not to legislate in favour of making cannabis freely available in open markets for the consumption on Nigerians.
Answering reporters’ questions today, September 3, shortly after an audience with President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential villa, Abuja, the NDLEA boss, Buba Marwa said that the disadvantages in legalising cannabis in the country far outweigh the advantages.
“Now, the World Health Organisation (WHO) itself has declared that cannabis affects the brain, alters brain function: it destabilizes and affects behavior. It also affects body organs, and at some points, it can lead to death.
“So while we appreciate those who want to localize 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 legalization.
“What’s more, Nigeria has 10.6 million cannabis users. This is the highest in the world. Isn’t it sad? We should be the highest in science, technology, mathematics, physics, and stuff like that. That is something we need.
“We can never support legalization 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 legalization and they dare not go back to their constituencies if anyone signs legalization 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.”