Saturday, May 18, 2019

PACEDA warns against calls for legalising cannabis

The Presidential Advisory Committee for the Elimination of Drug Abuse, PACEDA has warned against any plan or advocacy to legalize the growing of cannabis in Nigeria for whatever purpose.

Chairman of the committee, Gen. Mohammed Buba Marwa (Retd), who gave the warning yesterday in a statement, said such move will be counterproductive at a time when the Federal Government is doing everything possible to eliminate the menace of drug abuse in the country.

According to him, “It is disturbing that at this time when about 10 million Nigerians are abusing cannabis, anyone or group will be considering or advocating for Nigeria to legalize the growing of marijuana for economic or whatever purposes.

“Our committee has spent the last six months going round the country to obtain first-hand information about the dangers of drug abuse and how to combat it, and we have been faced with the stark reality of how deep the menace has damaged and still damaging lives, especially the youths.)

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