South Africa: Medical marijuana still a pipe dream

Studies suggest cancer patient numbers will rise by 70%.

Although World Cancer Day was commemorated yesterday, South Africa’s chance of using medical marijuana still lingers.

The Medical Innovation Bill was tabled in Parliament in 2014 by late IFP MP Mario Ambrosini – who took his life as a result of suffering from lung cancer.

According to IFP MP Narend Singh, the bill was being processed.

He said it had been sitting before the portfolio committee on health since early last year.

“The bill has gone through to the Medicines Control Council,” he said. “We are looking at amending it following informal meetings with the ANC.”

Ambrosini shot himself after battling with cancer. Visibly weakened when tabling the bill, he claimed to be using marijuana as treatment at the time.

In advocating for alternate treatment, he pleaded with President Jacob Zuma to recognise the drug’s uses.

“I was supposed

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