30 Dec 2013

PNG village clamps down on marijuana

4:56 pm on 30 December 2013

A village in West New Britain Province in Papua New Guinea is trying to eliminate marijuana use among the local youth.

Potne village is a key transit point for drug dealers from Lae en route to Kimbe and to the other island provinces.

Marijuana is also grown locally.

The Post Courier says local women groups staged a protest march condemning the use of marijuana and home brew and demanding something be done about it.

Now elders are using custom authority and say it is bearing fruit with plants being uprooted by the youths and burnt at the Hausboi, or men's house, witnessed by the elders.