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South Africa: MPs, doctors blow medicinal dagga bill out of the water

MPs and medical researchers have rejected a bill that proposed the legalisation of dagga for commercial and medicinal use, with some warning of the "hazards" of the drug for families and communities.

MPs, legal experts and clinical specialists from the Medical Research Council yesterday discussed the Medical Innovation Bill, first introduced as a private member's bill by IFP MP Mario Ambrosini. He took his own life after suffering from stage-four lung cancer for more than a year.

ANC MP Nonhlanhla Ndaba was dismissive of the proposed legislation yesterday.

"I believe that dagga cannot cure cancer. The experience I have of people smoking dagga makes me believe there isn't any stage at which I will agree that we can legislate such a bill.


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SA could benefit from budding weed economy

The world’s scientific community seems to be re-evaluating its relationship with the plant Cannabis, popularly referred to as dagga in South Africa. Studies that range from the medicinal benefits of cannabis to the societal effect of the legalisation of cannabis have been published by internationally respected journals such as PLOS ONE and Journal of Psychoactive Drugs. The general consensus points towards a relaxation of Cannabis related legislation and a need for increased funding for further study of the field.


South Africa faces dilemma over marijuana

JOHANNESBURG: To legalize or not to legalize marijuana is a question for South Africans.

Amid a heated debate on the issue, Head of the Cannabis Working Group, Andre du Plessis made headlines last week when lighting up dagga joint live on air while discussing the legalization of cannabis on a TV program run by the South African Broadcasting Corporation.

Du Plesssis demands that South Africa government consider the legalization of cannabis for recreational and medical purposes.

He told Xinhua that the decriminalization of smoking the herb would be positive as it would also reduce the number of people who were imprisoned for smoking the “blessed herb”.


Rise of South Africa's ultra-rich reveals a tale of two nations

When times get tough, it seems the rich in South Africa get richer - in spite of living in a country with vast wealth discrepancies.

Despite the turbulent economic times, wealthy South Africans are getting even wealthier - and the number of millionaires is growing in leaps and bounds.

As their fortunes grow, the super-rich are splurging on fine art, wines, supercars, rare game, second homes abroad and expensive watches - all in the name of "investment".


On-air dagga smoker was irresponsible

Johannesburg - The man interviewed on television alongside a dagga activist who apparently smoked marijuana live on air, has condemned his fellow guest's behaviour.

"He could not discipline himself at that stage and we cannot believe that they [those calling for the legalisation of dagga] can show discipline in future," David Bayever, deputy chairperson of the Central Drug Authority told News24 on Tuesday.

The interview happened at the SABC on Monday. Bayever was in one studio with the anchor, while the head of the Cannabis Working Group, Andre du Plessis, was in another studio and joined the interview on The Newsroom via satellite.


Newsroom guest smokes Dagga on air

Head of the Cannabis Working Group Andre du Plessis lit up and smoked what appears to be cannabis on SABC Newsroom show during a live TV interview on Monday.  

Du Plessis  has been part of many campaigns advocating for the legalisation of cannabis in South Africa. He says South Africa is not moving fast enough in terms of legalising cannabis.

Central Drug Authority (CDA) deputy Chairperson David Nayever says the CDA is aware that the legalisation of cannabis is something that needs to be investigated seriously and to looks at what is best for South Africa.  

The CDA is 11 years late in presenting its position paper. Please don’t bring xenophobia into this as a form excuse into being late and doing your job


Legalise dagga; don’t just criticise it

Cape Town - Thousands of protesters marched through the city on Saturday calling for the legalisation of dagga.

A protester lights what looks like a giant spliff after a pro-cannabis march in Cape Town. Photo: TRACEY ADAMS. 

The crowd of about 5 000 was led by Johannes Berkhout, a champion of the benefits of smoking marijuana, and Jeremy Acton, president of the Dagga Party.

The protesters sang, chanted and waved Rastafarian flags as they called for the right to light up a joint.

They gathered at the corner of Keizersgracht and Tenant Street, marched down Darling Street into Long Street and back down through the Company’s Garden to their original meeting point.



CAPE TOWN – Hundreds of people have gathered in Cape Town ahead of a pro-dagga march.

This follows a series of other marches which are a part of the Global Cannabis campaign.

The group is marching through the streets of Cape Town this afternoon to highlight their desire to have the drug legalised.

The smell of dagga wafts through the air as the crowd prepares to march through the Mother City streets, some smoke, while others are rolling what appears to be dagga cigarettes.

Hundreds are holding placards in support of the campaign, including one that reads, “A high country is a happy country.”

Organisers say there were plans for similar marches in other parts of the country, but they could not secure permits to do so.


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