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“Marijuana Should Be Legalized,”: Popular Ghanaian Actor John Dumelo

Actor John Dumelo joined the bandwagon for the legalization of marijuana in Ghana.

Speaking on Cooks and Braggarts, a cooking show hosted by Yvonne Okoro, Dumelo said the country could take full advantage of the medicinal benefits of marijuana after legalization.

“When you go to some western countries, marijuana is already legalized for medical purposes and we can do the same,” he said.

Mr. Dumelo said, “If alcohol and cigarettes are legal in Ghana, why not marijuana.”

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Some interest groups, including the Rastafari Council of Ghana, suggested a few years ago that the country could effectively control the use of this plant for recreational purposes by decriminalizing it.

Other groups also spoke in the same vein about criminal justice institutions, which see marijuana as a substance that undermines the various fundamental rights of drug users, including the rights to health, information, personal autonomy and self-determination.

However, the Mental Health Authority in 2016 has opposed the legalization of marijuana, saying it poses a serious threat to the mental health of people who use it.

“If you take marijuana as a teenager while the brain is actively developing, you are preventing your ability to be sufficiently motivated and to judge responsibly,” said Akwasi Osei, executive director of the authority.

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