Canada’s PM legalises cannabis, high time for SA?

As an old hippy myself, I’m all in favour of legalising dagga, the mind-altering weed that grows widely – and wildly – in South Africa. Also known as cannabis, marijuana or pot, the drug has research to support efficacy and safety of compounds it contains for pain control,  neurological diseases such as epilepsy, and to treat cachexia, a wasting syndrome in cancer, HIV/Aids and TB patients. In a recent post on Biznews, High times for dagga as medicine: fears go up in smoke!, I looked at the debate on dagga as one way to destroy the illegal market, and maximise benefits and minimise harms from medicinal and recreational use. This Agence France-Presse report looks at why Canada’s youthful Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is leading the way.  – Marika Sboros

 

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Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced that he will legalise cannabis early in 2016. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

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