Robbery attacks in Ghana have become a major concern for the state security recently. Many have been understudying the causal factors in this crime so the police can effectively combat it.
As the conversation continues, some Ghanaians have argued, surely through some observations that armed robbers take hard substances before their robbery operations. Among these substances mostly abused, they say is marijuana.
Some Ghanaians are convinced that combating the trafficking and usage of marijuana could help fight robberies in the country. One Abraham Quao responding to a social media conversation related to an arrest made by the Ghana Police on a family that have been indulging in marijuana trade in Grumah-Lime, a suburb of Kintamapo, stressed that armed robbers smoke marijuana, get high before they embarking on their heist.
The argument is convincing and need to be taken up by the Inspector-General of Police Dr. George Akuffo Dampare as a major problem his administration would have to handle. It is worthy to note that tonnes of this hard substance are cultivated and trafficked across the country.
Evidently, marijuana and other hard substances are most retrieved from these armed robbers when arrested by the Police. Abraham Quao's attribution hasn't been without criticism.
Some Ghanaians who believe in the recreational use of marijuana, as well as it's economic benefits to outgrowers and the country at large finds the criminalisation of this substance to be backward. These responses give some weight to the proponents of a bill in parliament that the Criminal and Other Offences Act needs to be reviewed.
The Narcotics Control Authority have had several conversations with stakeholders especially the Rastafarian Council of Ghana, and other civil societies about marijuana use. What had remained a problem in these discussions so far has been the controlled cultivation and use of marijuana in Ghana.
The risk of mass substance abuse in Ghana, and the associated criminal activities would surely rest with IGP Dampare. The police service would have to enhance its surveillance across the country to ensure marijuan isn't abused.
The entire value chain will have to be monitored just as it is done in some Western countries.
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