By Laudia Sawer, GNA
Tema, April 17,
GNA - The Mental Health Authority has called for a national debate on the
negative effect of legalization of cannabis in Ghana.
and groupings are calling on government to legalize cannabis popularly known in
Ghana as ‘wee’ with the excuse that it has the potential of improving the
economic fortunes of the country.
Health Authority has strongly objected to its legalizations on many platforms
as it says the illicit substance exposes its users to health hazards.
Brobbey, Head of Communication at the Mental Health Authority, on Tuesday urged
organizations especially non-governmental organizations to discuss the issues
surrounding the call for the its legalizations bringing to the fore the
negative effects if such action should be taken.
Mr Brobbey was
speaking at the launch of the second phase of the, “Alcohol and drug abuse
prevention project,” an initiative by the AA Commaid Foundation in
collaboration with Queens and Queens mothers.
that his outfit was strongly against it noting that “if we legalize it, there
will be pull overs, it will harm the economy,” adding that Ghana was not well
structured to handle such pull overs.
Amankwah-Marfo, Senior Regulatory Officer, Food and Drugs Authority (FDA), on
her part said her outfit recorded incidents of drug abuse related accidents as
some drivers laced energy drinks with illegal drugs such as high doses of
Amankwah-Marfo advised the youth to desist from the usage of illegal substances
and abuse of all forms of drugs saying that substance abuse was becoming
alarming as some mixed mint toffees with energy drinks in a bid to ‘get high’.
She added that
the public must also desist from engaging in second hand smoking by inhaling
smoke from users of tobacco products because they stood a chance of contracting
cancers just as the smokers.
operators of public places to strictly adhere to the part six of the Public
Health Act 2012, Act 851, which prohibited smoking in public places indicating
that designated smoking areas must be created for smokers to prevent exposing
non-smokers to secondary tobacco smoke.
Manyeyo Adi I, Ada Adibiawe Divisional Queen and Executive Director of AA
Commaid, said she initiated the project which is on the theme; “It takes a
village to raise a champion,” to curb alcohol and drug abuse among the youth in
Boakye Okyere, Ashaiman Municipal Chief Executive, chairing the launching, said
the youth must be encouraged not to taste alcohol and illicit drugs because “it
takes just a taste to become addicted to such substances”.