Bhang being sold to school children as mouth freshener
27 September 2016, 14:30
Kirinyaga - The Kirinyaga County Assembly has passed a motion outlawing the retailing of Kuber, an Asian manufactured drug.
The motion tabled by the Thiba Ward MCA Kinyua Mutugi indicated that due to lack of proper regulation, the drug was being sold to school children.
He told the Assembly that unscrupulous businessmen had taken advantage of the laxed regulatory environment to sell prohibited drugs especially marijuana (bhang) packaged as Kuber.
He told the assembly that due to the easy access of the drug, traders had established outlets near schools targeting the juveniles who had no idea it was dangerous.
Mutugi said it was sold as mouth fresheners, confusing young consumers.
“I call upon this assembly to pass this important motion to safeguard our children against the use of this drug,’’ Mutugi said.
Consequently, the assembly resolved that the County Government should put in place compliance and enforcement measures.
Mutugi claimed his Ward had the highest outlets for the drug.
Reports from the National Campaign against Drugs Abuse (NACADA) reveal that smokers lose 15 years of life with an estimated 50 percent who began smoking when young likely to die of smoking related illnesses.
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