UN Speaks On Asking Nigeria To Legalize Indian Hemp

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has distanced itself from news making the rounds that the organisation called for the decriminalisation of cannabis (locally known as Igbo) in Nigeria.

UNODC said this on during its visit to Senate Committee on Drugs and Narcotics, Abuja, where it made a presentation at the public hearing on ‘The need to check the rising menace of pharmaceutical drugs abuse amongst youth in Nigeria’ on March 26, 2018’.

According to the Office’ Outreach and Communications Officer, Mr. Sylvester Atere, the news totally misquoted the UNODC views and warned that this could jeopardise its long-existing relationship with Nigeria.

He explained that, following an invitation by the Senate Committee on Drugs and Narcotics, UNODC made a presentation at the public hearing and reiterated the following recommendations contained in 2017 International Narcotics Control Board, INCB, report, where the Board urged all governments to:

(a) Gather data on prevalence of drug-use disorders and the accessibility and utilisation of treatment;

(b) Invest in making treatment and rehabilitation evidence-based;

(c) Allocate sufficient resources to treatment and rehabilitation, the two major components of demand reduction;

(d) Pay particular attention to special population groups;

(e) Share, nationally and internationally, best practices and build capacity;

(f) Stimulate research into new interventions.

Atere stated that when being asked specifically on cannabis, he said “our representative clearly stated that legalisation of cannabis is not supported by the three UN international drug conventions (Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, 1961 as amended by the 1972 Protocol; Convention on Psychotropic Substances, 1971; UN convention against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances 1988). The UNODC did not urge Nigeria to legalise cannabis.”

5 thoughts on “UN Speaks On Asking Nigeria To Legalize Indian Hemp

  1. I would like to thank you for the efforts you have put in writing this web site. I’m hoping the same high-grade blog post from you in the upcoming as well. In fact your creative writing skills has inspired me to get my own site now. Actually the blogging is spreading its wings quickly. Your write up is a great example of it.

  2. I’m not sure where you are getting your information, but great topic. I needs to spend some time learning much more or understanding more. Thanks for great information I was looking for this information for my mission.

  3. Wonderful work! This is the type of information that should be shared around the internet. Shame on the search engines for not positioning this post higher! Come on over and visit my website . Thanks =)

  4. I simply want to say I’m beginner to weblog and really savored this blog site. Most likely I’m going to bookmark your blog post . You absolutely have remarkable stories. Cheers for sharing with us your webpage.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

%d bloggers like this: