SWITZERLAND, MAY 14 – The Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu has declared the intention of the state government to start large scale commercial cultivation of marijuana in the state.
This is as Governor Akeredolu and Col. Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah rtd, the chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) visited Thailand to learn more about Cannabis extract development.
Akeredolu while at the programme said he appreciated the Thai Government and said Ondo State is known as the largest in the planting state of Cannabis, also known as Marijuana.
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?”.
“We all know that Ondo State is the hot bed of cannabis cultivation in Nigeria. We know how to grow it and it thrives well in the Sunshine State. With an estimated value of $145 Billion in 2025, we would be shortchanging ourselves if we failed to tap into the Legal Marijuana Market,” Akeredolu said on Tuesday morning.
Last year, presidential canididate of the African Action Congress, Omoyele Sowore had proposed the legalisation of Cannabis for export in Nigeria as opposed to the burning of the plant by the NDLEA.
Recall Today’s Echo had, in an exclusive story, listed Ondo as the first among six states cultivating the highest amount of Marijuana, in Nigeria.
With a weed plantation covering over 5,000 hectares of arable land in Ala forest, Akure North Local government, Ondo state has the largest Cannabis plantation in the world.
“Our focus now is Medical Marijuana cultivation in controlled plantations under the full supervision of the NDLEA. I strongly implore the FG to take this seriously as it is a thriving industry that will create 1000’s of Jobs for our youth & spur Economic Diversification,” Akeredolu said on Tuesday.