Seun Kuti, an afrobeat singer who has been nominated for a Grammy Award, is calling on the Nigerian government to seriously consider the legalization of marijuana.
He argues that no one has been able to provide evidence that marijuana use leads to any illnesses. Seun Kuti also points out that Nigeria has lost its distinctive variety of marijuana due to the current ban in the country.
Additionally, he highlights that several countries, including Israel, a revered destination for Nigerian Christians, have already legalized marijuana.
Speaking in a recent Instagram live session with fans, Kuti said, “Nobody can show me any scientific evidence that links marijuana use to any disease.
“Africa used to have the best marijuana in the world but we’ve lost that strain of marijuana that they use to grow in Obiarukwu forest in Asaba and Sapele in the Delta region. We’ve lost it because she didn’t encourage the cultivation.
“Now, the West have the best marijuana. Germany is going to legalise it very soon. France, Britain and America are talking about it too. It’s already legalised in Canada.
“Has Nigeria government independently carried out any research on marijuana use? Even in Israel, the land of your ‘lord’, the ‘holy land’, marijuana is legal. In fact, Israel is at the forefront of medical marijuana research.”
Contrary to Kuti’s claim, the World Health Organisation, WHO, said “cannabis use can exacerbate schizophrenia in affected individuals; epithelial injury of the trachea and major bronchi is caused by long-term cannabis smoking.”
People who use marijuana have an increased risk of heart disease and heart attack, according to a study led by researchers at Stanford Medicine.