Thursday, 17 June

Video: Legalise ganja for health reasons – Yvonne Nelson


Multiple award-winning Ghanaian actress Yvonne Nelson has said she will support the legalisation of marijuana in the country only if its usage will be controlled for health purposes.

The Rastafarian Council of Ghana has been on a relentless campaign for the decriminalisation of the herb just as some prominent advocates.

In his later years in life, the former United Nations Secretary-General, the late Kofi Annan, called for a dispassionate debate about marijuana and urged that it be decriminalised. 

Also, the Acting Executive Director of the Ghana Standards Authority (GSA), Professor Alex Dodoo, has ever advocated the cultivation and export of cannabis while a former boss of the Narcotics Control Board (NACOB), Mr Akrasi Sarpong, endorses the legalisation of Indian hemp.

Other notable people like musician Samini and actor/politician John Dumelo have spoken about the possibility of mass-producing marijuana for economic gain.

Speaking on 'Touch of Class' on Class 91.3FM on Monday, 4 October 2019, Ms Forson told show host Natalia Andoh that marijuana helps in managing a lot of diseases.

Asked if the herb should be legalised, the movie director and producer said: “I have a glaucoma foundation and while reading and researching, I realised that marijuana actually helps with glaucoma, it’s really a natural remedy that helps bring the pressures down. I believe in other places in the world, they control the dosage and all of that. So, for health reasons, if we can control it, then yeah, they can legalise it, but I think people just abuse it and that’s where I have a problem with it. But it helps with a lot of diseases and illnesses.”   

Ms Nelson is premiering her new movie at the Silverbird Cinema titled: “Fix us” on 6 December 2019. Notable names in the movie include Yvonne Okoro, Tobi from Big Brother Nigeria, Michelle Attoh, Hajia4real, Irene Logan and Prince David Osei.

Watch the full interview below: