According to the Narcotics Control Board, United Nations has named Ghana the highest marijuana using African country. Ghana seems to have maintained the position since 2014 according to the UN World Report.
Speaking for the Ghanaian government, Ernestina Adjei who is the Acting Head of Education says the report was worrisome.
From the UN world report on drugs, about 22% of Ghanaians of school going age are engaged in drug abuse.
Cannabis Sativa, popularly known as Marijuana is the most consumed illegal drug. While some countries like North Korea, have no problem with it, some others still consider the use illegal.
Early this year, South Africa Legalized the use of “Dagga” within private premises. Ghana’s top position in Marijuana usage in Africa is still surprising to many. However many have called for the total decriminalization of Marijuana use in the West African country.
As it is, Ghana’s Narcotics Drug Law prohibits the cultivation, use, importing, or exporting of any narcotic drug without a license. For medical reasons, some patients are required to obtain approval from the Ministry of Health to lawfully use, cultivate, import, and export weed.
Marijuana has medicinal qualities, the only worry is the addiction that comes with it as users consume more than required.
While some African countries are contemplating either partial or full decriminalization of the use of Maijuana, Ghana has not yet revealed any plans of fully legalizing it. The West African country is not happy with the present rate of Marijuana use and has vowed to curb the growing trend.