At the moment, the Nigerian criminal laws sees the use, sale and purchase of Cannabis as a crime, something that producer Don Jazzy wants to see changed.
In a series of tweets, Don Jazzy laid out why he thinks Cannabis is a safer alternative to traditional cigarettes and how it can also be of help to Nigeria’s ailing economy.
Don Jazzy said:”Over time, I’ve tried to wrap my head around the criminalization of Cannabis in the country and why we continue living in self-denial, letting our faux religious and moral sentiments to becloud our sense of advancement.
“Isn’t it laughable that health-endangering cigarettes are still legal in the same country where Cannabis is illegal? When exactly are we going to join the booming global cannabis industry and trade? Like I said some days ago, we have a lot, yet we complain a lot. 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.
“We always have one excuse or d other not to tap into other resources that aren’t crude oil. ust d same way our multi bn $ iron ore deposits were abandoned bcos of their garangue minerals content when we can actually improve their economic values thru beneficiation. 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.”
Don Jazzy also pointed out some of the health benefits of Cannabis stating: “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. 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.
Don Jazzy also made note of just how big an industry it is and how this could be of huge benefit to Nigeria and Nigerians as it is a product in great demand.
“[Decriminalizing Cannabis] 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.”
He added: “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.”
You can read the full thread here
Over time, I've tried to wrap my head around the criminalization of Cannabis in the country and why we continue living in self-denial, letting our faux religious and moral sentiments to becloud our sense of advancement. #VoiceOfTheDon pic.twitter.com/YjnL66fKNJ
— ITS DONJAZZY AGAIN😉 (@DONJAZZY) October 3, 2019
The responses were mostly positive as people saw a lot of sense in what Don Jazzy was saying and it seems that the average Nigerian would completely be in support of the decriminalization of this substance. It remains to be seen what the Government thinks though as it clearly wasn’t impressed when Sowore suggested the same thing.
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