ASSESSING THE EFFECT OF CANNABIS SATIVA ON CRIMINALITY IN NIGERIA: LAW AS AN INSTRUMENT OF CONTROL

Ejike Francis Okaphor

Abstract


This paper examines the influence of cannabis sativa on criminality in Nigeria. The study discovers that the rate of cannabis use amongst Nigerians has become worrisome and has continued to increase such that if not checked, the entire nation may go down for it. The paper discovers that the involvement of most Nigerians in drug related activities and abuse is attributed to several factors which amongst others include peer group influence, socio cultural factors, economic and business purposes and so on. They do all these without noting the consequences of their actions. This study evaluates the legal and institutional frameworks at the international and national levels which have been put in place to curb the menace of cannabis with a view to finding out whether or not the laws are not sufficient to deal with this rampaging menace amongst Nigerians. The paper further concludes that lack of reliable and comprehensive data, inter-agency rivalry, corruption, inadequate legal and policy frameworks etc, have been regarded as some of the factors militating against the extant laws for ensuring cannabis control. Finally, this paper recommends institutional reforms, continuous creation of awareness on the consequences of cannabis, adequate cooperation amongst law enforcement agencies, etc, in order to ensure robust outcome in the control of the use of illicit drugs.

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