- The use of Marijuana is said to be rising among students in Ghana
- Ghana was ranked first in Africa and third in the world over the use of marijuana
Ghana has been ranked the 3rd country in the world when it comes to the use of marijuana popularly known as “wee”.
This was disclosed by the head of the education unit of the board, Ernestina Adjei, who states that close to 22 percent of students in Ghana today are slaves to all manner of drug abuse.
Meanwhile, the issue of arrest of persons engaged in the illegal act of illicit drug abuse have been placed under close scrutiny by the security forces as new ways have been brought up to arrest all culprits.
The unit commander at the Ashanti Regional Police Command, ASP Jeremiah Alale has revealed that the monitoring of attitudes by suspects form part of the ways by which the police clamps down on them.
“Start suspecting children if you see thread and syringe or when they start to wear perfume of high scent…it is an indication they maybe be engaging in drug related activities. Monitor their demeanor, the kind of music they dance to and play,” she revealed.
Meanwhile, calls are been made for the use of marijuana to be legalized in Ghana. Former UN boss, Kofi Annan has argued that the legalization would curtail its abuse and governing the legalization with 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 legalize, there is the need for Governments to be able to regulate vendors and outlets according to how much harm a drug can cause.
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