Governor Akeredolu travels abroad to learn how to use Marijuana (See details)

Thailand is the destination point when it comes to extracting the medicinal value of cannabis, and Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State is in the country to learn how his state could benefit from the trip.

According to ondoevents, Akeredolu joined the Chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Col. Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah rtd on a visit to Thailand for a Program on Medicinal Canabis Extract Development.

The program which is centred around exploiting the possibility of medicinal cannabis extract development is aimed at building capacity and researching the modality of licensing for planting and extracting cannabis oil in Nigeria as well as exploiting its commercial potential with focus on Ondo State.

The program kicked off at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Bangkok. Thailand is known as the world model for alternative measures.

The Ondo State government and the NDLEA are using the visit to access Thailand materials and best practises with the possibility of replicating them in Nigeria.

At the briefing, the Secretary-General of Thai Food and Drug Administration Dr. Tares Krassanairawiwong stated that the meeting will be of great advantage to the Nigerian Government.

Governor Akeredolu appreciated the Thai Government and said Ondo State is known as the largest in the planting of cannabis.

He said “we are here to study how cannabis can be of more advantage to the state and Nigeria at large just the way Thai Government has done. Cannabis is used for medical purposes; how can it be cultivated for specific purposes and not be abused?”

Col. Abdullah said the current trend in the world is to look into the advantage of cannabis in the making of food and drugs.

They also visited the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Naresuan University, Phitsanulok where the Management made presentations on how to control cannabis, licensing, pharmaceutical benefits of cannabis.

Akeredolu said Ondo State is ready for partnership with the Naresuan University Team.

In 2018, Thailand legalised the use of marijuana and kratom plants for medicinal use. Possession of larger quantities and trafficking of the plants, which are schedule 5 drugs, still carries a death sentence nationally and in bordering countries throughout the region, Forbes reported.

Medical marijuana legalization passed the government’s National Legislative Assembly (NLA) with flying colours, in a junta-appointed parliamentary vote of 166-0, with 13 abstentions.

Cannabis in Nigeria is illegal yet the country is a major so urce of West African-grown cannabis, and ranked the world’s eight highest consumers of cannabis.

Cannabis is widely grown across the States of Nigeria including Ondo State, Edo State, Delta State, Osun State, Oyo State and Ogun State.

Ondo State may be on the path of becoming the first state to legalise the use of cannabis in Nigeria.

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