Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, has charged pharmacists in Nigeria to carry out an in-depth research into the different uses of cannabis for medicinal purposes.
He also affirmed that his administration had earlier embarked on the red oil project which deals with palm oil directly.
The governor in a statement issued on Wednesday by his Chief Press Secretary, Richard Olatunde made this known during the 40th Anniversary and the 2021 Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria National Scientific Conference held in Abeokuta, Ogun State.
“In Ogbese (community in Ondo State), we can have a farm where NDLEA will be in charge. Nobody can take it out to smoke. From there, it gets to you for medicinal purposes.
“Pharmacists have been working on herbs, you can research on this too. It is one of the pathways to the controlled cultivation. We should not be left behind. We have started to champion the issue of red oil that has to do with palm. We will champion the green oil too in Ondo State.
“We are looking to pathway of cultivation of cannabis for medicinal purposes. It can be achieved. I have visited Thailand with the then chairman of the NDLEA. We were at all the important institutions. We went through all the processes of cultivating it for medicinal purposes. We saw it by ourselves.”
Akeredolu has urged that cannabis be legalised in Nigeria.
The Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje, however, has revealed that he will not encourage any attempt to make cannabis legal in the country, saying the legislature in Kano State will not encourage that also.
This was contained in a statement by Femi Babafemi, the Director, Media and Advocacy, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, on Monday.
Femi Babafemi said, Ganduje made this position when the Chairman/Chief Executive of the NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa, led top personnel of the agency to pay a courtesy visit to him as part of the agency’s active ‘War Against Drug Abuse’ in Kano State.
“Besides, the stand of Kano State Government against drug abuse and trafficking; the predominant religion in the state, Islam, is against the twin evils of drug abuse and trafficking.
“Kano has the highest number of federal lawmakers in the National Assembly, none of them will support any attempt to legalise cannabis,” he said.