Cannabis Legalization: Nigeria Should Make Hay While Sun Shines- Don Jazzy

Don Jazzy

Don Jazzy. Photo credit: Instagram.

Ace producer and CEO of Mavin Records, Michael Ajereh, better known as Don Jazzy, has said Nigerian allows faux religious and moral sentiments to becloud its sense of advancement.

In a long post Don Jazzy shared on his social media handle, he said it is laughable that health-edangering cigarettes are still legal in the same country where Cannabis is illegal

He said “We are so blessed with so many resources as a nation, but we are either intellectually lazy or not just ready to exploit the resources we have. #VoiceOfTheDon”

“Cannabis, which contains hundreds of compounds(Cannabinoids) has a psychoactive compound called delta-9-tetrhydrocannabinol(delta9-THC.) THC is the lipid in cannabis which gives the high sensation noticable in the display of weed smokers.”

“Should we now let that stop us from seeing other benefits of this plant? One of the most important cannabinoids found in Cannabis is Cannabidiol, which can be supplied as CBD oil. #VoiceOfTheDon CBD, which is a non psychoactive compound in Cannabis cures varieties of health problems like migraines, seizures, nausea, psychosis, epilepsy inflammation, cancer e.t.c.”

“This isn’t to say that THC doesn’t also have its positive effects which includes increased appetite, pain relief, sleeping aid e.t.c but abuse of it causes memory loss, coordination problems and it can also induce schizophrenia. #VoiceOfTheDon How then do we separate the weed from the chaff? There are quite a number of ways THC can be extracted from Cannabis to form concentrates which can pass as medical marijuana.”

“The best extraction method is done by adding CO2 liquid to d plant and allowing d constituents to separate under d right temperature and pressure. The successful separation of THC from Cannabis has allowed for medical use of marijuana in many countries overseas. #VoiceOfTheDon”

“From an economic stand point, I would advise the govt to see this as an opportunity for us to diversify our oil-dependent economy. Let’s imagine how much Nigerian states with arable lands can make as IGR on Cannabis exports if it is decriminalized.”

“It won’t only help the economic development of the country, it will also create jobs for many Nigerian youths adding to 64,389 jobs the Cannabis industry created in 2018 as reported by Leafly and Whitney Economics. #VoiceOfTheDon I think our criticism should be directed towards tobacco smoking.”

“According to WHO, tobacco kills more than 7 million people worldwide each year. Tobacco Atlas has also estimated that over 10,000 Nigerians die every year from diseases related to tobacco smoking”

“In Nigeria, we spend 100s of bns annually on imported tobacco products and that can be very injurious to our economy in the long term. #VoiceOfTheDon Cigarettes has also contributed to environmental pollution as it causes many non communicable diseases, increases carbon proliferation and hugely adds to toxic trash volume around the country. #VoiceOfTheDon”

“How can we achieve this legally? I might not be a student of law but I can at least give my opinion here. I think there are so many conflicting laws on Cannabis legislation.”

“The Dangerous Drugs Act of 1935, the Indian Hemp Act of 1966 and the NDLEA & NAFDAC Acts amended in 2004 are very vague and need to be reviewed by the National Assembly. #VoiceOfTheDon Maybe Drugs and Cannabis can be moved to the concurrent list in the constitution, so that state houses of assembly can legislate on them just like in the United states.”

“Regulatory bodies can be established at the federal or state level to give licenses and rules to interested weed cultivators who should be made to adhere to enacted guidelines. #VoiceOfTheDon With the global cannabis industry projection of about $200 bn earnings by 2030, it would be advisable for Nigeria to make hay while the Sun shines.”

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