United Nations ((UN) is appealing to Nigeria to relax it’s law against planting and consumption of Marijuana following the approval of it to be used as drugs for medical purposes.
This new position regarding the usage of Marijuana was made known by the Project Officer of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in Nigeria, Harsheth Kaur Virk, while speaking during her presentation at a one day Public hearing on the need to check rising menace of Pharmaceutical drugs abuse among youth in Nigeria organised by the Senate Committee on Drugs, Narcotics and Health.
According to her, Marijuana also known as Cannabis is a miracle drug allowed for medical purposes by the United Nations, but not for recreational purposes. She said:
“Nigeria as a sovereign Nation has its stringent laws against it but international conventions of the UN have approved it for medical purposes based on outcome of researches conducted to that effect by globally recognized institutes.”
According to her, aside cannabis, recreational users of other addictive drugs by UN recommendation, should not be criminalised, but rehabilitated, adding, “The Drugs and Crime office of the UN sees addictive drugs users as people who are sick, in need of treatment, care and rehabilitation.”
In his presentation, the Director, Technical Services, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Mr. Femi Oloruntoba, however stated that drug traffickers and possessors were the ones being criminalized, and not drug users in Nigeria.