- Three persons including a woman have been arrested for peddling marijuana
- The arrest follows general calls for the legalization of marijuana
A woman and two other men have been arrested at Suhum in the Eastern Region after trying to smuggle eleven sacks of dried leaves believed to be marijuana.
Head of communications at the Eastern regional police command, ASP Ebenezer Tetteh, has narrated what exactly happened. According to him, the three suspects - David Tetteh, 43, Bortey Samuel, 22 and 30-year-old woman, Akpeteyo Tetteh - attempted to smuggle 11 mini sacks of dried leaves suspected to be marijuana from Abenabo, a farming community near Suhum to Accra for sale.
All suspects are currently at the Suhum police cells waiting to be processed for investigations. So far, reports from the Ghana police service indicates that the Eastern region is well noted for drug peddling as huge consignments of marijuana get impounded by the police.
The arrest of these suspected drug peddlers follow concerns made over the need for the legalization of marijuana in Ghana. Former UN boss, Kofi Annan has also added his voice to the call for cannabis and other related drugs to be legalized with governmental regulations.
According to him, the legalization would curtail its abuse and govern the legalization of regulations is to caution on its excessive use. He noted that it is risky to leave drugs in the hands of criminals who have no idea about its health and safety concerns.
In an article first published in Der Spiegel International, Kofi Annan further went on to state that the regulations would further help to protect the health of individuals and would educate consumers on the health risks associated with the drug and how to minimize them.
Kofi Annan added that once cannabis is legalized there is the need for Governments to be able to regulate vendors and outlets according to how much harm a drug can cause.
He noted that in legalization, the riskiest drugs should never be available for sale as ‘over the counter’ drugs but only via medical prescription for people registered as dependent users, as pertained happening in Switzerland.
The legal sale of cannabis is a reality that started with California legalizing the sale of cannabis for medical use in 1996. Since then, 22 US states and some European countries have followed suit. Canada looks likely to become the first G7 country to regulate the sale of cannabis next year.
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