Why cannabis must not be legalized in Nigeria - Marwa

Buba Marwa

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The Chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, (NDLEA) Buba Marwa has again explained why cannabis must not be legalized by the National Assembly.

Marwa said this on Friday while addressing State House correspondents after a meeting with President Buhari. He said that moves to make cannabis legal would fail.

The NDLEA boss said cannabis has destroyed a lot of lives across the country and should not be legalised for monetary profits.

Marwa said that the World Health Organisation has also confirmed cannabis is harmful to the brain and Nigeria is the largest consumer of the substance.

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“So, while we appreciate those who want to legalise it for financial gains, we have to be careful to reconcile it with life. So, it’s money versus life.

“…Therefore, cannabis is harmful to our health; it is a danger to society. We must never allow its legalisation. What’s more, Nigeria has 10.6 million cannabis users; this is the highest in the world. Isn’t it sad?

“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 legalised by the grace of God.”