To all the doobie smokers out there, you can start celebration with packs of weed: guess what? The United Nations (UN) has approved the use of cannabis for medical. Well that’s a buzzkill, keep your packages if you don’t have a doctors recommendation.
Cannabis is seen as a miracle drug from the numerous researches conducted by globally recognized institutes according to the the project officer of the United Nations office on drugs and crime in Nigeria, Harsheth Kaur Virk during her presentation at a one day Public hearing on the need to check rising menace of Pharmaceutical drugs abuse among youth in Nigeria organised by the Senate Committee on Drugs, Narcotics and Health.
Mr Femi Oloruntoba, the representative of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency ( NDLEA) claims that drug users in Nigeria are not criminalised but drug traffickers or possessors . But Professor Martins Emeje representing the Director General of National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development ( NIPRD) add that the stakeholders of the country; the executive, legislative and judiciary arm of government are responsible for drug abuse in the country, because the pharmaceutical sector of the country isn't fully funded.
"If the truth must be told, problem of pharmaceutical substances abuse in the country is caused by the executive , the legislature and the various regulatory agencies including the research institute I represent here"
Harsheth Kaur Virk shares her solution in lieu of sharing faults, she affirms that users of addictive drugs except cannabis, should be regarded as people who are sick, in need of treatment, care and rehabilitation rather than being criminalized. Nigerian police officers are very skilled at treating drug users assassins, it's not an intelligent thing to do to psychologically helpless people.
“The Drugs and Crime office of the UN sees addictive drugs users as people who are sick, in need of treatment, care and rehabilitation.”
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