21st November 03:08 AM
I want marijuana planting and marketing to be legalized in Fiji - Nawaikula
By Vijay Narayan, Dhanjay Deo and Semi Turaga
Wednesday 26/04/2017
SODELPA MP Niko Nawaikula

SODELPA MP Niko Nawaikula has today confirmed to Fijivillage that he wants marijuana planting and marketing to be legalized in the country.

Nawaikula says it would encourage the commercial farming of marijuana in Fiji and help those living in rural communities who have no source of income.

Nawaikula confirms that he will push for this in the next elections and if he makes it into government next year.

The SODELPA MP had earlier asked in Parliament whether any thought will be given to legalize the commercial planting of marijuana.

Defence Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola says he will never recommend to the government to legalize marijuana in the country.

When questioned by Fijivillage on whether the opposition supports the legalization of marijuana, Opposition Leader Ro Teimumu Kepa made it clear that Nawaikula’s view is not the opposition’s stand.

Meanwhile Kubuabola also confirms that hard drugs like heroin and cocaine are available on the streets in Fiji and Police are doing their best to arrest the sellers and distributors.

When contacted on Nawaikula’s comments, Police Commissioner Sitiveni Qiliho said that he will not comment on statements made by politicians.

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