Reps consider legalising hemp cultivation, registration for traders

Published January 7, 2021

Leke Baiyewu, Abuja
The House of Representatives is proposing legalisation of cultivation and trading in cannabis for medical and cosmetic use, research purposes as well as revenue generation for Nigeria .
This is being proposed in the Cannabis Control Bill 2020 , sponsored by Miriam Onuoha, which is awaiting second reading.
The legislation is titled , ‘A Bill for an Act to Regulate the Cultivation , Possession , Availability and Trade of Cannabis for Medical and Research Use , and Related Purposes .’
Cannabis cultivation and sale are presently outlawed in the country .
If the bill becomes law , hospitals and doctors will be allowed to prescribe doses of cannabis for treatment of patients , while pharmacies and stores will be allowed to sell the drug .
The proposed law , however, sets conditions for the cultivation , buying , selling and consumption of the drug .
Onuoha said objectives of the bill , among others , include providing for the “ regulation of the cultivation , possession , processing, availability and trade of cannabis for medicinal and researching purposes . ”
The bill partly read, “ A person who grows , produces or sells cannabis not for medical purpose and does not present the particulars required for registration under Section 12 ( 1 ) commits an offence and shall be liable upon conviction to imprisonment for two years or a fine not exceeding N 1, 000 ,000 or both . ”
“ A licensed seller who sells more than the prescribed dose to a buyer would risk imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years or a fine not less than N 500, 000 or both , while a buyer who smokes or ingests cannabis on the contrary, might be jailed for two years or fined not less than N 500 , 000 or both . ”

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