IN SHORT: A quote attributed to Nigerian opposition politician Omoyele Sowore has him saying he would legalise “weed smoking” if elected president. But while he supports the legalisation of the growing of marijuana for the sake of the Nigerian economy, and has been outspoken about this, we found no evidence he’s campaigning for the legalisation of smoking the drug.
In October 2022, Sowore said that marijuana could also be used to produce medicines, textiles and concrete, and not just consumed.
But did Sowore say he would legalise weed smoking? We checked.
And no such statement was reported by the mainstream media. We also searched for the statement “legalise weed smoking” in his interviews on the subject and could not find it. It appears the quote has been taken out of context or fabricated.
Sowore has said he would legalise marijuana if he were elected president of Nigeria, which he claims would be a source of income for the country. But he hasn’t said he would legalise “weed smoking”.
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