Nigeria is currently one of the world’s highest consumers of Marijuana and could become one of the highest producers if the ban on the use and sale of Marijuana is over by the Government.
It seems 2021 could be the year this finally happens. The House of Representatives has recently proposed the legalization of cultivation and trading of Marijuana for medical and cosmetic use, research purposes, as well as means of generating revenue for the country. This is being proposed in the Cannabis Control Bill 2020, sponsored by Miriam Onuoha, which is awaiting second reading.
According to Punch Newspaper, the legislation is titled, ‘A Bill for an Act to Regulate the Cultivation, Possession, Availability, and Trade of Cannabis for Medical and Research Use, and Related Purposes.’ If the bill becomes law, hospitals and doctors will be allowed to prescribe doses of cannabis for the treatment of patients, while pharmacies and stores will be allowed to sell the drug. The proposed law, however, sets conditions for the cultivation, buying, selling, and consumption of the drug.
The bill partly read, “A person who grows, produces or sells cannabis, not for medical purpose and does not present the particulars required for registration under Section 12(1) commits an offense and shall be liable upon conviction to imprisonment for two years or a fine not exceeding N1,000,000 or both. A licensed seller who sells more than the prescribed dose to a buyer would risk imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years or a fine not less than N500,000 or both, while a buyer who smokes or ingests cannabis, on the contrary, might be jailed for two years or fined not less than N500,000 or both.”