South Africa Deputy minister calls for dagga debate

Johannesburg - There will be no immediate discussion on the decriminalisation of cannabis, only a discussion on whether it can be used medicinally, Deputy Minister of Social Development Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu said at a conference on the topic on Thursday.

"'We are not going to have a broader discussion on decriminalisation," she said at a conference titled ''Cannibis for medicinal Use, Yes or No?'' held in Benoni.

But, she warned that all aspects of the use of cannabis, commonly known as dagga in South Africa, should be broached before any decision is made on whether medicinal use will become legal."

''I am neutral," she said, but the robust debates South Africans are known for needed to happen.

''Everybody is pushing every boundary... now we are in the mix of the statues. It never ends. There is always something keeps South Africans talking.

"With us having our hands full with the [Economic Freedom...

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