South Africa Debate on dagga’s medical benefits

Johannesburg - Andre du Plessis admits it proudly. Yes, he was the one who had disbursed the mysterious bankies of dagga seeds to the tables of delegates attending a government-hosted conference on the medical use of cannabis this week.

“God is in every garden,” smiles Du Plessis, of the Cannabis Working Group.

“Do try to grow those seeds. Plant them, water them and watch them grow.”

Of the stash of only three seeds that Du Plessis had deposited in small, zip-locked bags, some had been furtively stashed into handbags, while others were left, rejected at the Kopanong Conference Centre in Benoni.

The two-day conference, which the Department of Social Development and the Central Drug Authority hosted, brought together health experts, religious groups and civil society organisations, and was the first of its kind in South Africa to debate the potential medicinal use of cannabis.


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