Nigerian Prisons endorses medicinal cannabis
By Adekola Afolabi
Controlled cannabis cultivation has a lot of advantages. Senior officers of the Nigerian Prisons Service have disclosed.
The senior officers from across the country who are on a five-day study tour of Ondo State are undergoing penal education at the Service Academy, Ijebu-Igbo. The group, 28 in number were led by the Acting Assistant Controller-General of Nigerian Prisons and Commandant of the Academy, Mr Benson Oluwayiopese.
The theme of the study tour is: “Commercial Cannabis Growing in Ondo State: A Panacea for Economic Emancipation from over-dependence on federal allocation.”
The leader of the group, Oluwayiopese explained that the participants were in the state to research into the economic advantages and medicinal benefits of cannabis.
According to him, study has showed that lots of advantages are inherent in cannabis cultivation.
He said various resource persons in their separate presentations in the course of the training tour revealed that cannabis oil could cure more than 71 chronic ailments apart from its commercial values to mankind.
According to him, cannabis cultivation would reduce over dependency on mono-economic challenges being faced in the country.
“We were told in this training that it should be restricted as it was done in Thailand. It must not be grown widely, but restricted. We were also made to understand that in Thailand, the type of cannabis the State Government advocates is not the type of marijuana that causes mental derailment.
“We were told that a litre of cannabis oil is thousands of dollars. I just want to advise that if government can buy into this idea it will move our economy forward, ” he stressed.
Also, Controller of Prisons, Ondo State Command, CP Suanu Kinane said that there were a lot of misconceptions about the governor’s position on cannabis cultivation, adding that controlled cultivation of cannabis as canvassed by the Ondo State Governor would immensely benefit Nigerians both economically and medically.
He noted that researches were already ongoing on the commercial cannabis growing in Ondo State, and added that the national and international regulations on it must first be addressed before any other thing.
He said Akeredolu knows what he wants which is only the economic and medicinal advantages of the cannabis oil, saying all Nigerians would soon realise and buy into his novel idea.
The team had earlier paid a courtesy visit to the State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, in his office during which he reiterated his administration belief in legal and controlled cultivation of cannabis for medicinal and economic purposes.
He urged the team to research on the medicinal use of cannabis and educate the populace on its benefits. He added that Nigeria stands to gain billions of dollars like other countries from the proposed legal and controlled cultivation of cannabis.
Akeredolu, however, refuted the claims that he was in Thailand to learn how to grow cannabis in the state, saying the state wanted to study the process by which pathways were set for controlled and regulated to improve the state’s economic development.
“Nigerians have to google and see many medicinal uses of cannabis. It is used to treat so many ailments, and if we discuss with our doctors they will tell you that the medicinal uses are many. We are not saying people should go and start planting and smoking cannabis,” he said.
The governor equally commended the team for acknowledging efforts of his administration to better the lives of the citizenry, and promised to do more.