General News Tue, 19 Sep 2017

NPP rejects Prof. Doodo’s call for legalization of marijuana

The governing New Patriotic Party has condemned Prof Alex Doodo, acting Executive Director of the Ghana Standard Authority (GSA) for advocating for the legalization of marijuana for export for economic gains.

Prof. Doodo who appeared before the Public Accounts Committee of parliament to answer queries raised in the 2015 Auditor General’s report, said the banned substance in the country is medicinal in other jurisdictions and if properly regulated, can generate revenue for the country.

But reacting to his comments in an interview with Oman FM, Acting Communications Director of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Mr Yaw Adomako Baafi stated that the party will never support such a decision stressing that legalization of marijuana will be detrimental to the society. “I don’t think Prof Alex Doodo mean well for NPP,” he said.

Adomako Baafi who expressed disappointment in Prof Doodo for his comments wondered why he even failed to tell Ghanaians if he had ever smoked weed before or consume it by sharing his experience.

“Does Prof. Doodo know the havoc weed smoking has caused to many of our youth? We shouldn’t forget what happened to the musician Kiki Gyan and others who lived on drugs.You had the opportunity to talk to Ghanaians and all that you could say was that we should legalize weed. I’m very disappointed in him,” he said.

He reminded Prof. Doodo that the laws of Ghana frown on the use of narcotics adding that Christianity, Islam and even traditional religion are against the consumption or smoking of weed.

Adomako Baafi believes the country would lack moral right to deny those who are pushing for gay rights, if marijuana is legalized.

He, thus, urged the public to disregard Prof. Doodo’s suggestion.

Source: My News GH