NOW THAT  MARIJUANA IS GETTING ACCEPTED, DO WE ALLOW OUR KIDS TO SMOKE?

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Luxembourg and maybe Holland took the lead in Europe to ensure that their citizens smoke marijuana in peace! These are the most stable countries in Western Europe and also the countries with lowest crime rate. So do we say weed causes deviant behaviour. Weed is seen as medicinal in some advanced countries and this has prompted Nigerians to as simple question; why don’t we revisit the legality of marijuana in the country?

Deemed an illicit drug by the law, it had always been an offense in Nigeria to smoke marijuana, and it has largely been frowned upon by society. Nigeria is a largely traditional and very conservative society with an overwhelming majority religious, so the issue of marijuana and legality becomes a huge burden on the shoulders of modernists and a taboo topic for the aged, religious and possibly parents. We can pretend, act or form that marijuana is bad, yes, to an extend but do we pretend that  it lacks medical benefits especially for cancer patients and other terminally ill ones amongst us? Do we watch these members of the society suffer and sacrifice them on the altar of conservatism?

Today we have medical marijuana! A new term that allow folks smoke weed, according to a report by The National Institute of Drug Abuse. United States, puts it this way “The term medical marijuana refers to using the whole, unprocessed marijuana plant or its basic extracts to treat symptoms of illness and other conditions. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not recognized or approved the marijuana plant as medicine.”

According to an online site, Drugs.com it defined it this way “Cannabis, also called marijuana, pot, weed, or hash, is a drug that comes from the cannabis sativa (hemp plant). The medicinal use of cannabis is also called medical marijuana. The whole plant or its extracts can be used to control or relieve medical or mental health conditions. The effects may start right away and last for 3 to 4 hours. Cannabis may be taken in the form of a pill, capsule, oil, or mouth spray. Cannabis can also be smoked, baked into food, or made into tea.”

If you have had a relative that had cancer, you would know the pains , I have had that on a personal basis and it is so hurtful seeing the person you so much love in pains and yet you just can’t do anything. This is the most devastating effects that one can feel. The pharmaceutical firms are still dilly dallying on the cure for cancer and we don’t even know what causes it ? Such a crazy thing! Maybe the big pharmaceutical firms are cool with the funds and the profit they are making from the ailment or possibly it is not in their priority list to find a cure but here we have mother nature to the rescue .Weed! Marijuana, wee wee and Endo ! These are the names we call it here in Nigeria !

Countries are legalising marijuana, in Africa , countries like South Africa. In the developed world, countries  like Canada and So0me areas in the US  have areas that one can “get high” nicely and  in peace. Regulations vary across Canada’s 10 provinces and three territories. For instance, those in Ontario can only purchase weed online via the government-run Ontario Cannabis Store, whereas in Saskatchewan, only licensed private retail stores can sell pot. Uruguay became the first country to fully legalize marijuana in 2013 and last year began allowing sales in local pharmacies . Other countries like Spain, Holland, USA, in Australia, Britain and other countries , there are areas that weed is legalised and some categorised them as a Class C drug.

Bring it back home, in Nigeria do we do the weed thing? We can’t pretend that we don’t have smokers and neither do we pretend that we don’t have planters and exporters ! But what we can’t pretend is that we are losing revenue from regulations and the drug agencies must start looking at a multi billion Naira market here!

People have been inundated of the efficacy of weed and the developed world , especially in the  United States are cashing in on the revenue that accrues from it, is weed now legal? aA state in USA, Colorado is topping the chart in revenues from weed. Lately, Colorado passes $1 billion in marijuana state revenue.Estimated 2018 tax revenue in states where recreational marijuana use is legal.

There have been medical research on weed and how it helps cancer patients. But, we are still in Nigeria and weed is not that accepted ! In short smoking weed is seen as a deviant act and Fela of the blessed memory was seen as a deviant but unfortunately for those that saw him as one , Fela was one of the finest cultural export in the country ! So do weed smokers act funny ? That is a rhetorical question!

When we were in school they told us that weed is bad, we just stopped it, now we are out of school and they are telling us weed is cool and it cures a whole lot

Toady, a  lot have changed and these guys from the Western world are confusing us… We are at the cross road whether to smoke or not to smoke…even those that want to smoke, do they even know how to mold? What is our legislation on weed now that we have known the potency of weed in curing cancer.

“The intoxicating chemical in marijuana is tetrahydracannabinol, or THC. According to research from the Potency Monitoring Project, the average THC content of marijuana has soared from less than 1 percent in 1972, to 3 to 4 percent in the 1990s, to nearly 13 percent in 2010. Today, some retail marijuana has 30 percent THC or more. The increased potency makes it difficult to determine the short- and long-term effects of marijuana”, Lauren Cox of Life Sciences opined.

ANTHONY EMEKA NWOSU 

Bring it back home, in Nigeria do we do the weed thing? We can’t pretend that we don’t have smokers and neither do we pretend that we don’t have planters and exporters ! But what we can’t pretend is that we are losing revenue from regulations and the drug agencies must start looking at a multi billion Naira market here!

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