The Civil Society Organisation Stakeholders on Farming for Medical Use Initiative (CSOF), has urged the House of Representatives to expedite action on a Cannabis Bill on the floor of the house.
The Cannabis control bill on the floor of the house is being sponsored by Princess Miriam Onuoha, a lawmaker representing Isiala Mbano/Onuimo/Okigwe Federal Constituency, Imo State.
The proposed bill seeks to regulate the cultivation, possession, availability and trade in cannabis for medicinal and research purposes.
According to the lawmaker, the bill seeks to provide a registration and liscensing system for cannabis farmers and processors and regulate the industry from cultivation to end user in Nigeria.
CSOF commended the lawmaker for introducing the bill on the floor of the House while encouraging the House leadership to expedite action on the bill in a statement released on Thursday.
The group opined that the bill had the potential to unlock the benefits of the plant for medicinal purposes under strict control.
The statement noted that the best time to pass the bill was now as cannabinoid, the oil found in the herb is being used in the treatment of COVID-19.
“We call on Patriotic Nigerians to support this bill presented by a courageous woman, so that Nigeria will not be left behind as other countries including Ghana, are moving in droves to regulate Cannabis farming and restrict its use for controlled and monitored Health treatments only.”