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If diamond, oil haven't got you out of poverty, is it marijuana that'll? Sir Solomon jabs weed advocates

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Ghanaian gospel artiste Solomon Bismark Arthur, known in showbiz as Sir Solomon, has, in a Facebook post, wondered if legalising marijuana is what will make Ghanaians prosper when God has blessed the country with natural resources such as gold, diamond, timber, oil and other natural resources.

The musician’s post follows calls by some personalities like Mr Gabby Otchere-Darko, founder of the Danquah Institute; actor John Dumelo, hiplife artiste Kwaw Kese, and highlife legend Gyedu Blay Ambolley, among a host of others for Ghana to reconsider decriminalising marijuana to take advantage of the global cannabis economy.

Editor-in-chief of the Insight newspaper Kwesi Pratt Jnr, as well as radio hosts Blakk Rasta, Abeiku Santana and Kwame Sefa Kayi, are also among those calling for the weed’s decriminalisation, though they all want the government to put in place measures to regulate its use after the legalisation.

Some Rastafarians living in Ghana are also advocating that the herb be legalised and have scheduled a demonstration as part of their campaign.

Early this year, Mr Dumelo said other countries have legalised marijuana for health purposes and, so, it will not be out of place for Ghana to follow suit.

Speaking on Yvonne Okoro’s “Dining with Cooks and Braggarts” show, the actor compared the psychoactive drug to alcohol and cigarette.

“When you go to some of the western countries, it [marijuana] has been legalised for health purposes and we can also do same,” Mr Dumelo said.

“If alcohol and cigarette are legal in Ghana, why not marijuana?” he quizzed.

Explaining further, the entrepreneur said what is important is that structures are put in place to ensure that the drug is not abused when legalised.

Mr Otchere-Darko has also argued that Ghana must not be shy in having a national debate about whether or not to cash in on the booming marijuana economy.

Using a recent report by Forbes about the Church of England’s investment foray into the marijuana business with its $10.5 billion Fund as a fillip, Mr Otchere-Darko asked: “Are we going to have a debate (constructive and mature kind) about Ghana cashing in on the new legitimate cannabis trade for medicinal and cosmetic purposes, etc?”

Reacting to these calls, Sir Solomon wondered: “God gave you diamond, timber, oil and etc., you could not make good use of it to become prosperous; is it marijuana that will make you prosper?”

In his opinion, the nation’s biggest problem is not lack of money but rather the lack of selfless and dedicated people.

He noted that the “pull him down” syndrome is the problem and not the legalisation of weed.

Source: Ghana/AccraFM.com/100.5FM/Selase Sandra Ahiadorme

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