The issue of legalizing and regulating the use of weed in Nigeria has resurfaced with Grammy award-winning artiste, Burna Boy giving his take on the topic.
According to the “Anybody” crooner, most of the people in Nigeria including the top politicians smoke weed but hypocrisy will not let them own up to make the use of the herb legal in the West African nation.
Speaking in an interview with Home Grown Radio in Los Angeles, Burna Boy noted, “everyone smokes weed in Nigeria but people like to pretend about it”.
When asked about what he thinks about legalizing weed in Nigeria, he remarked: “It’s not a zero- tolerance. It’s like everybody does it, but no one wants to be the one that is seen talking about it.
“It’s just kind of hypocritical out there.
“They try to make it seem like if you smoke weed you’ll just go mad in Nigeria.
“Everybody smokes it. It’s just a topic no one wants to talk about.”
“No one wants to talk about it; everybody is cool. Nobody wants to make it a thing to advocate for legalization of weed,” he added.
Possessing of weed in Nigeria is a crime punishable by law and most of the youths who are caught by security operatives are languishing in the prisons. But Burna Boy believes that arresting a person in possession of weed depends on the personality of the one having the weed.
He said that if one has the money to settle the officers, he will be allowed to go with his weed. “If you can please the person that is stopping you at a time”, he commented on what can let you go freely when you’re caught with weed.
Burna Boy noted that he likes visiting Los Angeles because weed is legal in the state and that the best ones are found there.
Just like Nigeria, most other African countries especially Ghana also have strict laws that prohibit the possession and use of the herb.
Other celebrities have been advocating for the herb to be legalized and its usage regulated but the authorities will have none of that.
In time past, hip hop artiste, Kwaw Kesse was arrested in Kumasi for smoking weed at a pub after a musical concert. Radio presenter and reggae artiste, Blakk Rasta was also hauled before parliament for alleging that a good number of parliamentarians smoke weed.
He later apologized after hours of being grilled by the lawmakers.