Africa

Sun
11
May

Swazi gold keeps a kingdom alive

FOR many Swazis, the dagga trade can mean the difference between life and death.

Poverty reaches new lows in the tiny landlocked country. The average Swazi will live to only 48 and 29% of children under five are stunted. According to US think-tank Freedom House, 66% of Swazis are unable to meet their basic food needs.

Dagga makes a difference. The powerful local variant of the drug is legendary among users in Europe and the US, to where it has been smuggled for decades. I n the past few years, insiders say, growing, harvesting and selling of the plant have become more organised and farmers have consolidated to set up semiformal operations.

Thu
13
Mar

The Viability Of Hemp In South Africa – Interview With Tony Budden

A few months ago we posted an article about the South African National Cannabis Working Group’s 2013 Cannabis Position Paper. It is a very comprehensive and important document regarding cannabis’ past, present and potential future in South Africa. However, something covered in the report had been nagging at me ever since penning the article.

Mon
10
Mar

Help Legalize Cannabis In South Africa By Forwarding This Letter To Government

Below is an urgent plea from member of Parliament Dr. Mario Oriani-Ambrosini, author of the Medical Innovation Bill, a bill which aims to legalize Cannabis in South Africa for medical and industrial purposes:

Fri
21
Feb

South Africa Parliament Introduces Bill To Legalize Dagga

The Medical Innovation Bill, a bill to legalize Cannabis in South Africa for medical, economic and industrial purposes, was introduced in parliament today.

The bill was submitted by Member of Parliament, Mario GR Oriani-Ambrosini from the Inkatha Freedom Party. The Medical Innovation Bill aims to make provision for innovations in medical treatments by legalising the use of cannabis for medical, economic and industrial purposes.

Wed
05
Feb

Hemp Farming in South Africa

Tony Budden from Hemporium gives us an update and tour of his South African hemp farm, where Industrial Hemp trials are currently underway. This Commercial Incubation Research trial is set to conclude in 2015 and is permitted by the Department of Health and coordinated by Dr Thandeka Kunene. Commercial permits to grow hemp in South Africa are not yet available, and this trial is another step towards a viable local industrial hemp industry.

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Fri
26
Jul

Moroccan Marijuana Fix Sought to Cultivate Exports

At least 800,000 Moroccans live off illegal marijuana cultivation, generating annual sales estimated at $10 billion, or 10 percent of the economy, according to the Moroccan Network for the Industrial and Medicinal use of Marijuana, a local charity. Photographer: Abdelhak Senna/AFP via Getty Images

Mustapha Tahiri, a cannabis farmer in northern Morocco, looks forward to the day he can sell his crop without worrying about being jailed. If lawmakers in the Islamist-led government have their way, that isn’t too far off.

Sun
09
Jun

Rasta lawyer puts dagga laws on trial - Crime & Courts | IOL News

Cape TimesLawyer Garreth Prince leaves the the Western Cape High Court where he has launched an application challenging the validity of laws that render dagga illegal. Picture: MICHAEL WALKER

Cape Town - A Rastafarian lawyer is challenging the legislation that outlaws dagga.

In an application lodged at the Western Cape High Court last month, Garreth Prince asks for certain sections of the Drugs and Drugs Trafficking Act, the Medicines and Related Substances Act and the Criminal Procedure Act to be declared invalid.

He is also asking for (among other things):

* A moratorium on all arrests for the use, possession, cultivation or transportation of small amounts of dagga - for personal use - should Parliament be ordered to “correct” the impugned provisions.

Wed
13
Jun

The weed that feeds tiny Swaziland - Africa | IOL News

By Rebecca Harrison

After hours of scrambling over rugged mountain terrain, Swaziland's drug squad finally find what they're looking for: a secret field packed with some of the world's strongest dagga.

Prized for its potency across the world, "Swazi Gold" is grown in the remote northern mountains of this tiny African kingdom, then smuggled into neighbouring South Africa and on to Europe and North America.

Police in impoverished Swaziland say that despite dousing acres of towering plants with deadly insecticide, they are losing the war on dagga to dirt-poor peasants bent on protecting their most lucrative crop.

"We can't win this war," says inspector Ngwane Dlamini, head of criminal investigation in the northern region of Hhohho.

Fri
26
Jul

South Africa's first legal dagga farm

Eddie Koch

South Africa’s first legal dagga plot—- an experimental project near Rustenburg in the North West province—- has just completed pioneering research which could provide farmers with a lucrative new cash crop.

The Tobacco and Cotton Research Institute (TCRI) recently produced a report on a two-year research project aimed at developing a biological model for industrial hemp. This plant cannot be used as a drug but will have massive value as an industrial crop.

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