Popular Nigerian artiste and Grammy Award winner, Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu (aka Burna Boy) recently disclosed during an interview with Home Grown Radio in Los Angeles that everybody smokes marijuana and that only hypocrisy has kept the substance from being legalised in Nigeria.
Source: Burna Boy Instagram.
The implication of this statement is that, perhaps, Burna Boy wants Marijuana to be legalised in Nigeria.
Just before I delve into why Burna Boy should be informed about the implication of legalising marijuana in Nigeria, I would like to quickly reveal what National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) said about the legalisation of cannabis in Nigeria.
According to a report from the Punch News on the 8th of October 2021, NDLEA made it clear that cannabis can never be legalised in Nigeria because the proliferation of illicit drugs often leads to crime, chaos, and conflict.
Source: Punch News.
While Burna Boy may be capable of managing the substance, I do not believe that would be the case for other common Nigerians who love to smoke, eat, vape or even drink the substance.
For instance, one of the side effects of marijuana is addiction and gaining of appetite. Now, a jobless man who is addicted to marijuana will always be hungry for food, which he possibly has not enough money to buy. Such a man may end up stealing to satisfy his urge for more marijuana and food.
Literally, it is obvious that if marijuana is legalised in Nigeria, many people are going to abuse the substance and just like the addiction may be one of the problems that may come up, crime rate may also increase in the country.Source: Burna Boy Instagram.
While Marijuana has some good sides too, I still strongly believe that its bad sides are more worrisome when we talk about how responsible Nigerians are going to handle the substance if legalised. This is why I think Burna Boy should consider the implication of the legalisation of marijuana in Nigeria before advocating for the substance.
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