The Chairman, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Buba Marwa, has stated that Nigerian lawmakers who vote for the legalization of cannabis dare not go back to their various constituencies. ayokinews.com reports
Speaking during a courtesy visit to President Muhammadu Buhari, at the Aso Rock villa on Friday, he noted that the severe dangers posed by cannabis to the human brain and health had already been confirmed by the World Health Organization (WHO) and which Nigeria was named to be highest consumer of the substance.
He further noted that the use of cannabis had damaged a lot of lives hence the substance must not be legalize in the couch try for pecuniary gains.
Marwa 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 legalization. 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 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 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.”