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Raila Odinga Junior angered by NACADA's stand against marijuana legalisation
Linda Shiundu|April. 13, 2019
The decision by the National Authority for the Campaign Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (NACADA) to not approve the legalisation of Marijuana in the country has not gone well with many Kenyans.
Among them is former Prime Minister Raila Odinga's son, Raila Junior who on Friday, April 12, expressed his disappointment and felt deceived by NACADA's director Vincent Muasya
According to a tweet shared by Junior, the two were invited for an interview where they were expected to debate on the legalisation of the substance but Muasya did not honour the invite.
"I was invited for an interview months ago to debate Vincent Muasya of NACADA openly on the proposed medical bill, he never honored the invitation so it was unfortunate to see him at a presser on the said issue," said Junior.
During the said presser, Muasya argued those behind the legalisation of bhang were only doing so to cause excitement among the youths in the country.
"Most of these politicians who are pushing for the legalization of Marijuana are just creating excitement and that is where my beef starts, "said Muasya
"Out of the 200 rehabilitation centers I have visited majority of the people inside there have mental issues and when you talk to people who work there, they will tell you this people are brought there because of smoking marijuana," he added.
Junior has been on the forefront of calling for the legalisation of the substance to be used for medicinal purposes and not for recreational use.
According to him, cannabis sativa could be used by people suffering from HIV/AIDS to improve their appetite while undergoing treatment.
He also noted that those ailing from cancer and undergoing chemotherapy and those suffering from multiple sclerosis will also benefit from the legalisation.
"This is very important because if we talk about medical marijuana, this is something that was there even before colonial days and in our culture, it was used to cure certain diseases back in the days," he said.
Okoth had also proposed a progressive taxation measure for the marijuana industry to boost economic independence in Kenya through job creation
The law maker who recently revealed he hs been silently battling cancer wanted amnesty be granted to those already facing charges related to bhang use.
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