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Why The Use Of Cannabis In US, UK, Canada, Others Differs From Nigeria – NDLEA

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on Wednesday defended the criminalization of marijuana use in Nigeria as opposed to several other countries such as the US, UK, and Canada.

The Secretary, NDLEA, Shadrack Haruna, who was a guest on Wednesday’s edition of Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, said there was “a lot of misconception” about decriminalizing the use of drugs.
You travel to Canada, you travel anywhere, and you say, ‘They’ve decriminalized marijuana or cannabis and we’re using it,’” he said.

But of course, you have different species of marijuana and in those countries, they have very good policies; very good enforcement and measurement standards which they have to follow.”

Haruna explained that there are different species of cannabis grown worldwide.

The species they have, which they say they have decriminalized in some of those countries, are those without Tetrahydrocannabinol, which is the active ingredient that makes one to be something else,” he said.
We have cannabis that is far, far more potent, almost 45 percent, 100 percent Tetrahydrocannabinol. We can’t compare it to what they’re saying they have decriminalized.

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In those countries, enforcement is strict, he explained, arguing further that not so many countries, including the US, have actually said we have decriminalized some of these drugs. None, including the UK”.
According to the NDLEA secretary, the UK used to allow the importation of cannabinol, which he said is used for some kinds of medical treatment.

But of late, they have also restricted it because they’ve noticed the increasing content of cannabinol in that particular oil,” he said.
Haruna said while some argue for its commercialization in Nigeria, the World Health Organization (WHO) has advised that the harmful impact of cannabis outweighs its benefits.

Some people are saying, ‘We make a lot of money from it.’ But it is not money we are looking for. We are looking for the health of the nation. We’re looking for the well-being of individuals,” he said.

But they are talking about the commercialization of drugs and all those things. To me, it is a misconception, which of course the media should come out against it because we know that it’s something that is wrong for this country.

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