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The governor of Ondo state, Rotimi Akeredolu, has advised the Federal Government to consider legalising the use of marijuana for medical purpose to boost revenue and create jobs.
This call was made via a tweet thread by the governor on Monday, May 13. Akeredolu explained that with an estimated value of $145 billion in 2025, the state would be shortchanging itself if it ignores the marijuana business.
“We know how to grow it and it thrives well in the Sunshine State. With an estimated value of $145 Billion in 2025, we would be shortchanging ourselves if we failed to tap into the Legal Marijuana Market.
“Our focus now is Medical Marijuana cultivation in controlled plantations under the full supervision of the @ndlea_nigeria. I strongly implore the FG to take this seriously as it is a thriving industry that will create 1000’s of Jobs for our youth & spur Economic Diversification.”
Akeredolu and DG of NDLEA in Thailand
At the moment, the governor and Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah are in Thailand to understudy how Nigeria can benefit from harvesting cannabis for medical use.
“We all know that Ondo State is the hotbed of cannabis cultivation in Nigeria,” he said.
He continued that we are here to “study how cannabis can be of more advantage to the state and Nigeria at large just the way Thai Government has done.”
“Cannabis is used for medical purposes; how can it be cultivated for specific purposes and not be abused?”
Abdallah also added that the current trend in the world is to look into the advantage of cannabis in the making of food and drugs.