Lawmakers at the Federal House of Representatives are proposing a legislation for the cultivation and trading in cannabis, for medical and cosmetics use, research purposes as well as revenue generation for government
This is being proposed in the Cannabis Control Bill 2020, sponsored by Miriam Onuoha, which is awaiting second reading.
The legislation is titled,
“A Bill for an Act to Regulate the Cultivation, Possession, Availability and Trade in Cannabis for Medical and Research Use and Related Purposes”
The proposed law however sets conditions for the cultivation, buying, selling and consumption of the drug.
Onuoha said the objectives of the bill, among others, include providing for the regulation of the cultivation, possession, processing, availability and trade of the drug for medical and research purposes.
A person who grows, produces and sells Cannabis other than for medical purposes and does not present the patent required for registration under Section 12(1), commits an offence and shall be liable upon conviction to imprisonment for two years or a fine not exceeding N1000,000:00 or both.
A licensed seller who sells more than the prescribed dose to a buyer would risk imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years, or a fine not less than N500,000:00 or both. Also, a buyer who smokes or ingests cannabis on the contrary, might be jailed for two years, or fined not less than N500,000 or both, according to the bill.