South Africa Set To Become 1st African Nation To Legalize Marijuana

The South African parliament has listened to a motion to legalize the cultivation and usage of cannabis sativa or marijuana.

South Africa is set to legalize the cultivation and use of marijuana, known locally as “dagga,” as early as April 2017, making it the first African nation to permit its usage for medical purposes, reports Afkinsider.

History of the Bill

In 2014, Mario Oriani-Ambrosini, a South African MP elected on the platform of the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), moved a motion in parliament calling for the legalization of marijuana for medical usage.

Oriani-Ambrosini, now late, suffered from terminal cancer of the lungs. The Medical Innovation Bill (MIB), which he proposed to parliament, sought for the legalization of marijuana strictly for medical use.

Some studies have shown “cannabinoid medication” or marijuana usage to be effective in the treatment and management of diseases, such as cancer, as opposed to other radical...

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