For instance, when you see young people grow up with a notion that smoking cannabis gives inspiration, what do you make of that? When most Rastafarians claim that cannabis makes them high with inspiration? What do you expect? When you watch movies and almost all the leading actors’ smokes as heroes, what do you make of that too? When rearing children in Africa is challenging to the extent that children grows up under the tutelage of domestic servants/adolescent house help, ask who will mold moral values?
So many youths are smoking, using substances and abusing drugs that I can not explain. Indian hemp is what they smoke most because it is the cheapest to purchase. They call it marijuana and cannabis. they call it weed and ganja. They plant it in plantations and transport it everywhere. This is killing. Codine is killing too. If this continues, I see our youths with significant mental and health problem looming, and that will affect the quality of leadership we produce in future. Could it be that Ganja leaders would take over Nigeria and Africa? I'll leave that to you.
Young people from rich homes do smoke cannabis too. But they are more interested in opium, cocaine and heroine. These are hard drugs that have rendered lives useless by the use of money missing its road.
The way forward, any hope?
There are agencies mandated for arrest, investigation and prosecution. And these agencies are busy doing their statutorily functions. But how effective are these drugs agencies over the years? You can judge it out by determining if cannabis consumption is decreasing or increasing? And be the judge.
I have also seen how the police have turned back to patronize where they raided before, to buy and smoke the same cannabis at the same spot they arrested those that smoked it before. Haven’t you seen in army barrack how military people with civilian youths smoke freely and openly within the maimi markets? with excuses that it helps soldiers to be gallant?
If you go to our tertiary institutions, you will find out how trendy cannabis is? You will wonder why?