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General News of Thursday, 30 October 2014

Source: tv3network.com

Ghana is No. 1 ‘wee’ consumer in Africa – NACOB Officer


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An officer of the Narcotics Control Board (NACOB) has stated that Ghana is the highest consumer of marijuana in Africa.

He said the country is ranked 3rd in the world. He added that Ghana's ranking was captured in a United Nations report a couple of years ago.

Daniel Akwasi Amankwa, the Divisional Supervisor for Demand Education of NACOB, made this known at the opening of a two-day forum on non-custodial sentencing in Ghana on Thursday, October 30.

The ceremony was held at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA).

Mr Amankwa was making a case for a drug court system in Ghana, stressing that the United States of America (USA), once a leading consumer of drugs, has been successful in implementing that system.

“Besides, there are over 20 countries including Australia and New Zealand which has adopted the drug court system,” he said.

He advocated the piloting of that system in Ghana in order to reduce the high number of marijuana consumers in the country.

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