Ghana police want legalising of marijuana considered

Ghana police want legalising of marijuana considered

The Drug Law Enforcement Unit of the Ghana Police has said that the decriminalisation of marijuana, popularly referred to as 'wee', should be considered to help in fight against the abuse of the narcotic drug in the country.

“…we also need to look at decriminalisation and here, I want to reiterate what Mr Akrasi Sarpong said.

“Many people misunderstood him but when you look at the situation and you want law enforcement to tackle it without the criminal justice coming in to help it, it will be a problem,” TV3 network quoted the head of the unit, David Selom Hukportie, as saying.

The call comes two years after the executive secretary of the Narcotics Control Board (NACOB), Yaw Akrasi Sarpong, called for the legalising marijuana in Ghana.

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According to Mr Sarpong, a “virtual legalisation” of marijuana was already in place as the drug could be found in cosmetics and hair products used by women in the country.

He said the drug was also smoked openly by many Ghanaians, including respected professionals.

He, therefore, called for a national debate on whether marijuana should be legalised in Ghana to enable proper regulation of the drug.

"People must not shy away from discussing the matter," he said, adding that it was a headache the country must tackle.

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The NACOB boss said proper regulation of marijuana will help stem abuse of the drug among the youth and help generate additional revenue for the state.

Mr Sarpong made reference to Colorado in the US where marijuana has been legalised, saying the time had come for Ghana to confront one of its worst fears

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