Dwelling of Representatives steps down bill to legalise hashish
The Dwelling of Representatives, on Thursday, stepped down a bill looking out out for to legalise the cultivation, sale and exercise of hashish, in most cases is referred to as marijuana, for industrial purposes.
As an alternative of the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, and the sponsors, all other folks that spoke at the 2nd reading criticised the bill.
The criticisms against the proposal compelled the sponsors to ask that it can per chance maybe well additionally still be stepped down for review, a prayer that the lawmakers unanimously granted.
The sponsors had clashed on Wednesday over the proposed legislation.
Two members of the Dwelling, Benjamin Kalu and Olumide Osoba, had sponsored separate payments looking out out for to amend the National Drug Legislation Enforcement Agency Act, to expand the scope of the anti-narcotics company to field licences for the cultivation, sale and exercise of weed.
The proposed pieces of legislation had been harmonised and titled, ‘A Invoice for an Act to Amend the National Drug Legislation Enforcement Agency Act, Cap. N30, Regulations of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 to Confer Additional Responsibility of the Energy to Grant and Revoke Licences for the Cultivation of Cannabis (or Any of Its Three Species, Particularly Cannabis Sativa, Cannabis Indicia and Cannabis Ruderalis) Plant for Medicinal Capabilities; and for Linked Matters.’
On the opposite hand, when the bill became once up for 2nd reading at the plenary on Wednesday, one other member of the Dwelling, Miriam Onuoha, protested that the dispute of the bill became once the the same as hers.
The Cannabis Care for watch over Invoice, 2020, sponsored by Onuoha, is titled, ‘A Invoice for an Act to Care for an eye on the Cultivation, Possession, Availability and Commerce of Cannabis for Medical and Evaluate Exercise, and Linked Capabilities.’
The Speaker had in his ruling requested all facets to liaise with the Chairman of the Dwelling Committee on Rules and Commerce, Abubakar Fulata, to identify the diversifications and similarities between the payments earlier than sitting on Thursday.
On Thursday, the 2 payments, which had fairly a pair of titles, had been first harmonised.
While Kalu and Osoba’s maintained the the same title, Onuoha’s became once titled, ‘A Invoice for an Act to Decriminalise the Speak and Exercise of Cannabis, to Set a System for the Registration and licensing of Cannabis Growers, Customers, Care for watch over to legalise the Speak, Sale and exercise of Cannabis and situation out a Appropriate Framework for the Registration and Licensing of Cannabis Growers and Producers in Nigeria; and for Linked Matters.’
Folks that spoke against it, notably the Deputy Speaker, Ahmed Wase, and Majority Whip, Mohammed Monguno, condemned the proposed decriminalisation of hashish.
Gbajabiamila, who presided over the session and had defended the proposal, well-known that it must were antagonistic resulting from the note ‘decriminalise’ within the title of the bill, which he stated became once now not there earlier on Wednesday.
While Kalu and Onuoha had been unanimous on the resolution for the bill’s withdrawal, the extinct well-known blamed the rejection on the harmonisation of the payments, noting that they would per chance maybe be represented separately after a review.
Reacting to the Invoice, the National Drug Legislation Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) commended the Dwelling of Representatives members and management for rejecting but one other try and push by a bill to decriminalise hashish cultivation, sale, and exercise in Nigeria.
NDLEA Chairman, retired Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa, gave the commendation in an announcement issued by the company’s Director, Media and Advocacy, Mr Femi Babafemi on Friday in Abuja.
Responding to the event, the NDLEA boss stated the resolution of the lawmakers to reject the bill would extra make stronger the positive aspects so far made within the renewed war against drug abuse and trafficking within the nation.
Marwa stated the 2018 drug mediate about figure of 10.6million Nigerians abusing hashish alone became once ample to sound the dread bell.
He stated that the accurate nexus between drug abuse and the safety challenges all the way by the nation became once incontrovertible.
In response to him , insecurity,as manifested in banditry, insurgency ,kidnapping and others, is today a full-blown malady.
“But there has never been a authorities that is extra committed to ending this spate of insecurity than the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, “he stated.
In response to him, the President has matched political self-self-discipline with sources, but the scope and frequency of those acts of destabilisation and the audacity displayed by the perpetrators name for a 2nd, serious take a look at the malaise.
He stated, “the persistence of the disaster has compelled on us the necessity to open to look at seemingly extraneous components that will per chance maybe well be sustaining the resistance from the criminal system and in doing so, try and join the dots.
“The permutations will result in a checklist of probable causes, which will now not exclude the exercise and abuse of illicit substances. Within the closing prognosis, drug abuse is indeed one amongst the components fueling insecurity.
“As such, Nigeria cannot beget the funds for to permit the cultivation, sale and exercise of the most abused illicit drug underneath no topic guise.
“Because of this the resolution by the honourable members of the Dwelling of Representatives to reject the reintroduction of the hashish bill is a welcome and cheering news to us in NDLEA.
“It’s miles a gargantuan thing additionally to the Nigerian public ,notably fogeys who day-to-day and silently contend with the bother of seeing hundreds and hundreds of their childhood and wards scoot down underneath the devastating outcomes of hashish abuse, “he stated.
Marwa stated ancient previous would never neglect other folks that stand with fogeys to offer protection to them and their kids against the dangers of drug abuse.
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