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‘Cannabis cultivation is not legal in Ondo State yet’ – Governor Akeredolu explains

The Ondo State Government has said it is not yet legal to cultivate cannabis, popularly known as Indian hemp, in the state.

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, who was in Thailand last week in company with the chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Muhammad Abdallah, for a programme tagged, ‘Medicinal Cannabis Extract Development’, said the state government would aim to take advantage of the commercial and medicinal value of the plant to create jobs for the youth.

The governor however came under attack since his comments and now he’s warned that cannabis cultivation is yet to be legalised. Speaking through the Commissioner for Information, Yemi Olowolabi, the governor said the state government was in the process of making it legal.

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He said ;

“We are still at the elementary stage of this matter. Before we legalise cannabis growing in this state, it has to pass through certain procedures and we have begun the procedures. The assistance we seek from the Federal Government is the collaboration we already have with the NDLEA, which is an agency of the government. Since we are dealing with the NDLEA, we are dealing with the Federal Government.”