Cannabis Use and Addiction in African Communities; a Value or a Vice?
This chapter investigates cannabis use and addiction in African from a perspective of value and vice/illegality. Studies show that over 7.7% of adults consume cannabis and around 25% of the world’s known cannabis is produced in Africa. Cannabis has traditionally been encouraged and used for different purposes such as recreation, rituals and medicine. This chapter argues that the conception of cannabis as a vice/illegal has generally been pushed by governments due to international pressure, hence connecting cannabis with crime and other immoral acts that are done by individuals under its influence. As this chapter will show, those that view cannabis as a value in Africa continue producing and consuming this plant.
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