Ghana ranks 3rd in marijuana -Ghana holds the crown in Africa as the third country with the highest marijuana consumers in the whole world.
The latest United Nations (UN) reports on the use of the illegal drugs in the world ranked Ghana third in the world as the country with the highest weed use.
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This was revealed by the Acting Head of Education of the Narcotics Control Board, (NACOB) Ernestina Adjei.
Ernestina Adjei who was in an interview with GBC revealed that the UN world report on drugs also indicated that about 22 percent of Ghanaians of school going age are engaged in drug abuse a situation she described as worrying.
Bemoaning the demeaning development, she said that NACOB is committed to fighting the menace and its effect on the citizens and the country at large.
The Drug Law Enforcement Unit of the Ghana Police Service has also said that it will embark on an intensified outreach program for students and teachers in various educational institutions on the negative effects on the use of illegal drugs.
Calls For Legalization of Marijuana in Ghana
Meanwhile, some individuals and groups have called for the legalization and decriminalization of marijuana in Ghana. These individuals feel that for health-related and economic reasons, cannabis should be allowed in the country.
The likes of legendary Reggie Rockstone, Kwaw Kese, Black Rasta, Kofi Anan, and others have all joined their voices in the campaign for the legalization of marijuana.
For Rockstone, the high economic benefits of marijuana are enough to excite its legalization in Ghana. He said that just like alcohol whose adverts and sales has enriched so many people since it was decriminalized, Marijuana legalization will do same.
For Rockstone, there is no difference between alcohol and cannabis, especially while considering the fact that alcoholism has been causing a lot of havoc all around the world.
Countries Where Use of Marijuana is Legal
Some countries around the world have decriminalized the use of Cannabis though with some conditions. For instance, in a country like Colombia, although the sale of weed is illegal one can legally grow up to 20 grams of the drugs for personal consumption.
A similar policy goes for Czech Republic, Spain, and some other countries.