Africa

Wed
20
Jan

Cape Town cops raid Rastafarian dagga plantation

Cape Town – Police officers discovered a plot of towering dagga plants between shacks in a Rastafarian informal settlement in Cape Town on Thursday.

The Trio Crimes and Gangs Unit visited the Marcus Garvey community in Philippi on Thursday morning after a tip-off, Western Cape police spokesperson Constable Noloyiso Rwexana said on Friday.

Officers dug up and confiscated the plants - with a total estimated street value of R1.7m - between 05:30 and 10:00. 

Four men and a woman were arrested on charges of illegal cultivation of dagga. The group was due to appear in the Athlone Magistrate’s Court later on Friday.

Wed
13
Jan

The Cannabis Chronicles: Marijuana activism scores, Big Pharma equalises

In a policy brief published by the Medical Research Council on January 5, the medicinal value of cannabinoids was officially – and historically – recognised in South Africa. Three days later, the president signed into law the Medicines and Related Substances Amendment Act of 2015, a piece of legislation that theoretically allows Big Pharma to feed our dagga to us in pill form – or, if we like, through a straw. KEVIN BLOOM reports.

 

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Fri
25
Dec

NDLEA Intercepts Cannabis-Laden Truck In Ogun, Nabs Two

The Ogun State command of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has impounded a truck load of cannabis sativa packaged as biscuits and cheese balls.

The 3,542.25kg bags of banned narcotics were intercepted by officials of the NDLEA at the Odeda axis of Ijebu-Igbo in Ijebu North Local Government in Ogun State.

Two suspects – Ihenacho Chinweuba (27) and Uche Enuosa (33) – were arrested in connection with the seizure.

The Ogun NDLEA Commander, Bala Fagge, said the shipment was meant for consumption in Ogun and Lagos states.

“A white Mercedes Benz Truck with registration No: Lagos KJA132XN was intercepted at Odeda axis of Ijebu-Igbo, Ijebu North Local Government.

Fri
25
Dec

Two Arrested while Selling 295 Bags of Cannabis Worth N35m for Christmas

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency in Ogun State have arrested two suspected drug peddlers
while attempting to sell 295 bags of cannabis estimated at N35m.
 
 
PUNCH Metro learnt that the suspects, Ihenacho Chinweuba, 27 and 33-year-old Uche Enuosa, were on Monday taking the narcotic to some parts of the state and Lagos for marketing when officials of the agency swooped on them in the Ijebu Igbo area.
 
It was gathered that the suspects had loaded a truck with bags of the drug, and covered them with some cartons of biscuits to evade arrest.
 
Thu
24
Dec

What’s at Stake at UNGASS 2016

In April 2016, the United Nations will have a chance to forge a smarter way forward for global drug policy.

In this video, George Soros, Bryan Stevenson, Kasia Malinowska-Sempruch, and a number of drug policy experts and advocates discuss why the time for reform is now. 

 

 

Tue
22
Dec

PIRATE PARTY TUNISIA USES MARIJUANA LEAF FOR THEIR BALLOTS

The Pirate Party of Tunisia has set the decriminalization of cannabis as a priority in their next elections. Earlier the main political parties have committed to address this. However, the State has been passive regarding the revision of Law 52 on consumption of illegal substances. This law has been used to incarcerate more than 1,500 youths since the last elections in 2014.

The Pirate Party of Tunisia has noted several negative developments regarding changing this law:

Sat
19
Dec

South Darfur state destroys 5000 hectares of cannabis

December 19, 2015 (NYALA) - Police in South Darfur said that it has burned more than five thousands hectares of cannabis and seized 60,870 weed heads in Sango and Al-Radoom areas in the largest anti-drug operation in the area.

South Darfur’s police director Ahmed Osman Mohamed, who addressed the national police day celebration Saturday in the state’s capital, Nyala, said the police managed to destroy 5,000 hectares of cannabis, pointing to fierce clashes with the drugs traffickers.

He noted the police arrested several drugs traders and seized large amounts of cannabis which were in their possession, underscoring the perpetrators would be brought before trial following the completion of the investigation.

Tue
15
Dec

Legalising dagga in Swaziland: Why Minister Phiwayinkhosi could be right

On Tuesday, the country woke up to newspaper headlines about a cabinet minister calling for the legalisation of dagga – a widely grown plant in the country.

That minister is the otherwise reserved Phiwayinkhosi Mabuza, the Mhlambanyatsi Member of Parliament and Minister of Housing and Urban Development.

The minister’s submission before the august House stunned many, mainly because of his restrained manner and mostly because Prime Minister Sibusiso Barnabas Dlamini had appeared to indicate that legalising dagga was currently out of the question because the issue still needed to be extensively debated.

Without dismissing the minister, as some prominent individuals have done, it would be prudent to probe if his submission holds any water.

Fri
20
Nov

Nigeria: Why Ekiti leads in cannabis cultivation

Hidden deep inside the forest, without any discernible route, somewhere in the sleepy town of Ogotun-Ekiti, Ekiti South-West Local Government Area, is a plantation of a dangerous plant, cannabis sativa, also known as indian hemp. Cannabis sativa is reputed with many aliases which are: igbo, dope, ganja, morocco, eja and weed among others.

Mon
02
Nov

Dagga couple crowdfunds international experts for 'Trial of the Plant'

Johannesburg - The so-called "dagga couple" are asking people to take a deep breath and help raise funds to bring international experts to testify in a possible landmark case on laws relating to the plant. 

Julian Stobbs and Myrtle Clarke are looking to reach an $80 000 (R1.1m) goal on theIndiegogo platform to bring cannabis experts to testify in what they call the "Trial of the Plant" at the High Court in Pretoria in March next year. 

More than $4 000 (R55 280) had been raised by Friday evening, four days after the couple started the campaign, and there were only 39 days left to raise the amount. 

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