Reps to debate cannabis cultivation bill Thursday

Reps to debate cannabis cultivation bill Thursday

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Two bills are to be harmonised on Thursday so the Speaker ruled.earlier today. The Speaker, Gbajabiamila clarified that the subject matter seems similar enough and the House should err on the side of caution.

He stated that “thoroughness cannot be sacrificed on the altar of time-factor, though it is understandable that time really is of the essence” as the House has tons to achieve in the short time available to it.

Gbajabiamila directed that the bill should be stepped down to allow all parties harmonise their views before the next legislative day._ The House of Representatives has scheduled for debate a Bill to grant and revoke licenses for the cultivation of cannabis popularly known as marijuana.

The bill is sponsored by Benjamin Okezie Kalu, House spokesperson and Olumide Babatunde Osoba (APC, Ogun), the bill is for an Act to Amend the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Act, Cap. N30, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

The amendment is to confer additional responsibility of the power to grant and revoke licenses for the cultivation of Cannabis (or any of its three species namely Cannabis Sativa, Cannabis Indicia and Cannabis Ruderalis) Plant for Medicinal purposes.

The proposed legislation was however stepped down at the plenary on Wednesday in order to consolidate it with similar existing bill to avoid duplication.

Lead sponsor of the current bill,
Kalu had moved for its second reading but Miriam Onuoha (APC, Imo) raised a point of order, notifying the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila that she had sponsored a similar bill and it should also be consolidated and recognised.

In his intervention, Nkem Abonta (PDP, Abonta) called for understanding from Onuoha due to legislative time factor but Makki Yalleman (APC, Jigawa) called for the stepping down of Kalu’s bill to accommodate Onuoha’s version.

But the Chairman Committee on Rules and Business, Hassan Fulata was of the view that Kalu’s bill should be read for a second time, as the amendments Onuoha’s “bill is seeking might differ from the current bill.”

Also speaking, Sada Soli (APC, Katsina) pointed out that there are some differences between the consolidated bill and that of Onuoha.

Also at the plenary, the House passed through second reading a Bill for an Act to Provide for Establishment of the National Food Safety Council and National Food Safety Management Committee.

The Committee is handle the official control of food and feed safety, the obligations of food and feed business operators and define the functions and powers of I
institutions of government with the objective of ensuring that food and feed safety risks are effectively managed.

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