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Nimba Farmers Urged To Invest In Cash Crops, Not Grow Marijuana
By Wellington G. Patrick, LINA Nimba County Correspondent
SANNIQUELLIE, April 24 (LINA) -The Commander of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Nimba Office, Col. Julius Kanubah, has urged Liberians to desist from growing marijuana and invest in cash crops.
Speaking to district administrators of the Zoe Geh Administrative District on April 22, the DEA Commander disclosed that records of cases involving the farming and arrest of marijuana in Nimba are often uncovered in the Weaylay Clan, Zoe-Geh Administrative District.
He made the disclosure in Buutuo Town as DEA continues the awareness exercise on the October 17, 2014 Law on the control of prohibited substances in Liberia.
He told citizens in the region that the awareness is meant to involve parents, district administrators, chiefs and elders in advising young Liberians to avoid associating with drug abuse.
The DEA official recalled that the agency in the past used the Public Health Law to control the movement of drugs in the country, adding that the law was “weak as compared to the current regulations.”
On October 17, 2014 the Liberian Government published a new Law on the control, handling, trading and movement of prohibited substances in the territories of Liberia as non-billable crimes.
The sub-office of DEA in Nimba last week embarked on the distribution of the copies of said law to members of the local authority in Sanniquellie City and continues in the remote regions of the county.