Legalization Of Cannabis Shouldn’t Be Considered Now – ISSUP

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The International Society of Substance Use Prevention and Treatment Professionals (ISSUP), Nigeria chapter, has discouraged the bill to legalize cannabis in Nigeria.

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ISSUP has therefore praised the House of Representatives for stepping down the bill, saying it is best for the improvement of public health in Nigeria.

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President of ISSUP, Dr. Martin Agwogie , who gave the assertion in a statement issued in Lagos, called on the upper house, to also lend its voice to stepping down the consolidated bill sponsored by Miriam Onuoha ( APC Imo) Benjamin Kalu (APC Abia) and Olumide Osoba(APC Ogun).

The bill seeks to amend the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Act to allow the cultivation of cannabis for recreational and medical use.

It also seeks to confer the NDLEA the power to grant and revoke licenses for the cultivation of Cannabis or any of its species; establish a system for registration of cannabis growers and users , as well as to set a legal framework for the registration and licensing of cannabis growers and producers in Nigeria.

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Speaking against the bill, Agwogie , said “Nigeria is in a drug crisis that legalization of cannabis should not be contemplated now. There are medicinal and economic values that can be extracted from the plant, but these are not without alternatives. Moreover, the economic benefits should not override the health and social consequences”.

He therefore called on the Federal Government to make all psychoactive substances, including the plants, “which are available for scientific purposes, continue with the drug use decriminalization process and invest more in substance use prevention, treatment and research.”

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