MARIJUANA has no medicinal value and there is nothing good about it, an official of the Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) has said.
Central Province DEC education and counselling officer Nellie Mumba has said youths should not be lured into thinking that marijuana, commonly known as chamba, is good.
“The effects of chamba are very bad,” Ms Mumba said.
Ms Mumba urged young people not to be tempted into testing any prohibited drug as they would “get hooked there and then”.
She said this on a KNC Radio One programme recently.
Ms Mumba said young people are being destroyed because marijuana has devastating effects on a person’s health.
She noted that marijuana does not make pupils or students intelligent as is widely perceived.
“Actually it goes to affect the IQ [intelligence quotient] and this is what is in charge of the intelligence levels in a person,” Ms Mumba said.
Ms Mumba said drugs like cocaine are addictive and their withdrawal symptoms are severe.
She said Government has put in place laws that prohibit cultivation, trafficking and consumption of drugs such as marijuana because they are bad to a person’s wellbeing.
“It is something that has got to be stopped and if there are those who smoke and feel that it’s okay, time will catch up with them because they can smoke for two months, two years but the next second they smoke, they can go into mental disorder and it is very sad,” Ms Mumba warned.
She said among the most common signs that parents should look out for if their children are smoking marijuana is poor self-hygiene.
She also implored members of the public to be free in giving information to DEC about people smoking or dealing in marijuana.
“Our eyes are the public, our ears are the public,” Ms Mumba said. “We depend on them to come and give us information.”