Marijuana: The Rules Are Changing | by Joshua ‘Actionman Verbz’ Crentsil | Sep, 2021

Marijuana: The Rules Are Changing

Marijuana and it’s legalization are subjects that the International Community have deliberated on for years now. Up til now, the use of marijuana, and whether the pros outweigh the cons, or vice versa, hasn’t fully been determined. But things are being altered concerning the issue.

Over the course of the last five years, several countries around the world have legalized and/or decriminalized the possession and consumption of marijuana. Countries that have include, Canada, Spain, South Africa and Belize.

Ongoing in the United States presently, a large group of celebrities and athletes, including Drake, Quavo, NFL hall of famer Deion Sanders, and a host of others joined forces with The Weldon Foundation in a bid to push for marijuana reform, writing a letter to President Joe Biden, urging his administration to pardon all non-violent cannabis offenders currently in prison across the country. Though possession of marijuana is legal in several states, it is still a prosecutable offense at the federal level.

But is it possible for this to become a reality in Nigeria in the near future? Well, many would tell you it isn’t, but I’m slowly starting to believe that Nigeria isn’t willing to be left behind and miss out on being a part of this multi-billion dollar industry.

In fact, a bill seeking the legalization and usage of industrial marijuana plants for medical and scientific research is presently before the House of Representatives. The bill, which was presented by Rep. Princess Miriam Onuoha, representing Okigwe North of Imo State, has already passed the second reading.

Dr Tony Jaja, the legal practitioner who developed the bill for the cultivation, processing and commercialization of cannabis, stated that the House Committee on Narcotics will work on it before it’s passed for third reading, and if it scales through, the bill will then go on to Senate for concurrence and the President for assent.

It isn’t a permit to freely use cannabis in the country, but it is a step in that direction. If cultivation, processing and commercialization of marijuana is permitted, to tell the truth it’s only a matter of time before possession and consumption are decriminalised completely. I’m telling you people, the rules are changing.

Written and edited by Joshua “Actionman Verbz”Crentsil.

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