Governor of Ondo State, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has again advocated for the importance and benefits of cannabis sativa commonly known Indian hemp.

Akeredolu made the call during a courtesy visit to his office  by the Assistant Comptroller-General of Nigeria Prisons, Benson Oluwayiopese, who led participants of the Nigerian Prisons Service, NPS, Academy, Ijebu-Igbo to the state.

According to the governor, who addressed the participants, who were on a five-day study tour in the state with the theme “Commercial Cannabis Growing in Ondo State: A Panacea for Economic Emancipation of over-dependent on Federal allocation,” stated that health and economic benefits are abound in the cultivation of the hard drug.

Akeredolu, who harped on the good use of cannabis, informed NPS officials that when the oil of cannabis is extracted, it could be used to cure many chronic illnesses.

He, however, urged the team to research on the medicinal use of cannabis and also educate the populace on its benefit to mankind and as well as its capability to improve the economy of the country.

“Nigeria stands to gain billions of dollars like others countries from the proposed legal and controlled cultivation of cannabis.”

The leader of the team and Acting Assistant Comptroller-General of Nigeria Prisons, Benson Oluwayiopese, said the state was chosen for the study tour because of its novel and innovative intention towards legal and controlled cannabis cultivation for medicinal and economic benefits.

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