Afrobeat act Seun Kuti and the youngest son of legendary afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti has said that marijuana should be legalized in the country.
Seun Kuti spoke for the legalization of ‘weed’ in an interview with The Nation newspaper.
Read the excerpt below:
“There are doctors and scientists who believe that marijuana should be legalised. There are also lawyers, judges, and politicians who believe that the war on drugs is a false war. That is actually a war on the poor people all over the world, because poor people and rich people use drugs to be sane. But you will find that here, people are in jail more for drug use”
Seun Kuti further said the Federal Government has not done any research on marijuana and its uses.
“We as Africans had no reason to ban marijuana. It was done out of the U.S. lobby, forcing our governments to ban the drug. I don’t think that the Nigerian government has ever carried out any independent research on marijuana. One of the biggest markets in the world for marijuana in the world is Israel (which is a more religious country than Nigeria). But they understand the benefits… especially the economic benefits. So much wealth can be generated from it, but that is another issue entirely.”
Meanwhile, sometimes in June, Seun Kuti wrote down his thoughts concerning the legalization of weed in the United States of America.