Montserrado county electoral district#4 Representative Rustonlyn S. Dennis, has introduced a bill before the House of Representatives, seeking establishment of a rehabilitation center for cannabis users.
She said when enacted, the center will help to rehabilitate victims of cannabis and substance abuse, while providing them technical and vocational skills.
Rep. Dennis noted that the absence of a rehabilitation center in Liberia for victims poses serious danger to the society and threatens national security thereby, damaging the future of Liberia’s young generation.
The female lawmaker said majority of the youth affected by cannabis and controlled substance are out of school and currently involved in criminal activities.
She called for decisive action in rehabilitating victims of drugs abuse in Liberia, noting that cannabis, controlled drugs and substances are the most common form of abuse of the young generation in Liberia eventually, leaving them with no skills and professions.
Rep. Dennis added that cognizant of attempts by the Government of Liberia especially, the National Legislature and the Ministry of Justice, including the Liberia Drugs Enforcement Agency (LDEA) and other institutions aimed at prohibiting use of cannabis and other unacceptable drugs hasn’t yielded the desired results.
Meanwhile, the full plenary of the House has forwarded the bill to its Committee on Health, Gender, Judiciary and Ways, Means and Finance to report in two weeks.
By Bridgett Milton–Editing by Jonathan Browne