Hunt down all marijuana growers
Posted Wednesday, October 23 2013 at 01:00
Our legislators should push through strong laws that will deter this same crime. Local council leaders and vigilant neighbours should volunteer information leading to the arrest of whoever is growing, trading in or smoking the banned substance.
As police in Kasese District were busy destroying a 100-acre plantation of marijuana hidden in the Rwenzori forests, more law enforcement officers were blacklisting Nebbi District as a marijuana growing area.
This newspaper separately reported that the banned crop is being grown on large scale in the Mt Rwenzori National Park and police said the drug was behind the surge of crime in the area. The District Police Commander for Kasese confirms a stretch from Bugoye to Kitholhu Sub-county is filled with marijuana.
In Nebbi, police blamed the substance’s common usage to the weak laws and porous borders with the DR Congo.
However, what is true about the two areas, and indeed many other districts, is the fact that marijuana is being widely and openly smoked in bars, schools and even churchyards.
Some growers claim they use it for medicinal purposes. No such excuses should be listened to. Instead police should ensure that not only gardens are destroyed but they should even hunt down the users, especially in urban centres.
Indeed, a special police unit should be formed to crack down on use of illicit drugs, otherwise the rate at which marijuana is smoked openly is alarming. It should be noted that some officers aid its trade because they earn kickbacks from dealers. Such officers should also be investigated and arraigned in court.
In other countries, dealing in such drug is punishable by heavy prison sentences or even death. Our laws are still so weak to fight the vice. Our legislators should push through strong laws that will deter this same crime. Local council leaders and vigilant neighbours should volunteer information leading to the arrest of whoever is growing, trading in or smoking the banned substance.
By fighting the use of marijuana, we shall be stopping crimes like rape, bestiality, robbery and many others that are most times committed under the influence of drug abuse.