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Reps Set To Legalize Cannabis Trading In Nigeria

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A Cannabis Control Bill 2020 is set to pass through second reading before members of the House of Representatives.

Naija News understands that the lawmakers are proposing to legalise the cultivation and trading of hemp in the country as a means of raising more revenue and as well for medical and cosmetic use.

The bill titled ‘A Bill for an Act to Regulate the Cultivation, Possession, Availability and Trade of Cannabis for Medical and Research Use, and Related Purposes,’ was sponsored by,

This is being proposed in the Cannabis Control Bill 2020, sponsored by Miriam Onuoha, an All Progressive Congress (APC) member representing Imo State Okigwe North federal constituency.

The bill is targetted as monitoring the cultivation and trading of the flowery plant in other to allow hospitals and doctors to prescribe doses of its for treatment of patients.

If approved, the bill will also permit pharmacies and stores to sell the drug for health treatment.

Onuoha had noted in the bill that one of its objectives include providing for the “regulation of the cultivation, possession, processing, availability and trade of cannabis for medicinal and researching purposes.”

The bill partly read, “A person who grows, produces or sells cannabis, not for medical purpose and does not present the particulars required for registration under Section 12(1) commits an offence and shall be liable upon conviction to imprisonment for two years or a fine not exceeding N1,000,000 or both.”

“A licensed seller who sells more than the prescribed dose to a buyer would risk imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years or a fine not less than N500,000 or both, while a buyer who smokes or ingests cannabis on the contrary, might be jailed for two years or fined not less than N500,000 or both.”

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The social networking service company founded by Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday, January 6 accused Trump of inflaming violence in the US Capitol through its friendly messaging app.

Source: Naija News