Are weeds legal in Nigeria?


Nigeria is undoubtedly the most populous black nation in the world and prides itself on being one of the largest oil producing countries in the world. However, weed, or igbo as it is popularly known, is not legal and is considered taboo in Nigeria. The average Nigerian views stoners as irresponsible and social deviants, while the religious people attribute weeds to the devil’s devices.

Nigeria’s cannabis laws are strict; As a result, there is no visible hemp industry, although it is widespread across the country. Not only that, but over 10% of Nigerians use cannabis on a daily basis despite being hidden and undercover. The Telegraph found Nigeria ranks third in the world for cannabis use.

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Weed laws in Nigeria

Cannabis use is regulated and controlled by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, tasked with combating drug trafficking in West Africa. Possession of cannabis is punishable by a minimum of 4 years in prison. Corruption is widespread so it is not a guarantee that you will actually be imprisoned, but the law officially requires it.

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In a more severe case, life imprisonment is most likely the result. To fight cannabis, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency launched night patrols in major cities in Nigeria. The goal is simple: to intercept trucks carrying cannabis.

At Nigerian universities, any student who smokes weed will most likely be expelled. Weeds in Nigeria are synonymous with eating banned fruits. It’s often hidden if you have to. Few have moved freely without harassment; usually the rich in society.

What’s Next For Weed In Nigeria?

Will weeds ever be legal in Nigeria? Legal cannabis cultivation in Africa is growing and more is only expected to be produced. Numerous African countries such as Zimbabwe, South Africa, Malawi, Zambia, Uganda, Rwanda and Ghana have legalized weed production. Given these developments, it is likely that Nigeria will do the same in the not too distant future.

Because of the potential that weeds hold, some Nigerian politicians are already campaigning for legalization. While nothing has changed, expectations are positive as more Nigerians begin to see nothing wrong with recreational cannabis use.

Getting marijuana in Nigeria

Due to the illegality of cannabis in Nigeria, a lonely path must be taken to obtain cannabis. It’s pretty affordable and easily obtained through street drug use. Weeds are not legal but are readily available as more and more people grow cannabis in Nigeria.

The number of consumers is increasing and there is an increase in street vendors assisted by corrupt police officers. Sometimes a leak can occur and the police bomb their hidden location and arrest everyone on sight.

If you dig a little deeper into the uses of weed in Nigeria, even young consumers are offering weed as a form of hospitality to their guests. The interview found that weeds in higher institutions helped build student confidence and performance on exams.

For the inexperienced, finding weed dealers could be a daunting task until they meet up with some street gangs who know the right source. And rightly so, given its illegal status. Hopefully weeds will be legal in Nigeria once it is widely accepted.


Beth Edmonds