South Africa

Sun
12
Apr

Is religion exempt from the constitution in South Africa?

Johannesburg - The intersection be tween religion and constitutionalism has always been an uncomfortable one. Whether in the judicial or the political arena, one walks a tightrope in dealing with religion, especially in a constitutional democracy.

Those in public office need to be especially careful what they say about religion as they represent a multireligious society.

No one knows this better than Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng, who has had to negotiate this tightrope when he had expressed his views on religion.

The chief justice is the highest judicial officer and a public declaration of his faith is bound to ruffle feathers because many could take it as an endorsement of one religion over another, and this would not bode well for a democracy.

Fri
10
Apr

'Weed the People': The highs and lows of legal marijuana

In “Weed the People,” Bainbridge Island author Bruce Barcott delivers a thorough and entertaining survey of the burgeoning legalization of marijuana in the U.S. Barcott appears April 15 at Seattle’s Elliott Bay Book Co.

‘Weed the People: The Future of Legal Marijuana in America’ by Bruce Barcott Time, Inc., 400 pp., $22.95

Fri
10
Apr

South Africa Deputy minister calls for dagga debate

Johannesburg - There will be no immediate discussion on the decriminalisation of cannabis, only a discussion on whether it can be used medicinally, Deputy Minister of Social Development Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu said at a conference on the topic on Thursday.

"'We are not going to have a broader discussion on decriminalisation," she said at a conference titled ''Cannibis for medicinal Use, Yes or No?'' held in Benoni.

But, she warned that all aspects of the use of cannabis, commonly known as dagga in South Africa, should be broached before any decision is made on whether medicinal use will become legal."

''I am neutral," she said, but the robust debates South Africans are known for needed to happen.

Thu
09
Apr

Is there a place for dagga in medicine?

Are the medical benefits of cannabis being over-hyped? The government is looking into this at a conference about the safety and dangers of cannabis use in South Africa.

Dagga may have some medicinal qualities, but are the benefits of legalising it in South Africa worthwhile?

This is up for discussion at a two-day event by the Department of Social Development and the Central Drug Authority (CDA) taking place in Benoni on Thursday.

Wed
08
Apr

Dunedin's cannabis connection features in film Druglawed

A controversial new documentary is set to have its World Premiere in Dunedin next week.

'Druglawed' is an explosive documentary exposing how New Zealand has been co-opted by the US into fighting the failed War On Drugs.

Filmed in six countries over six years, this is the first feature length documentary examining the effects of international cannabis prohibition on New Zealand society.

Over the last 100 years the US government has forced its drug control policies on almost every country on earth. Over 40 years since Richard Nixon declared the War On Drugs in 1972, 22 million Americans have been arrested for marijuana. Only one country in the world has higher arrest and conviction rates, New Zealand.

Fri
20
Mar

War on dagga puts rural people at toxic risk, specialists warn

A weedkiller used on marijuana plants is said to pose a danger to the health of communities where subsistence farming is the mainstay.

The village of Bulawo in Port St Johns is tucked away deep in the hilly valleys of the pristine Wild Coast of the Eastern Cape. The beauty of this coastal village is breathtaking, with waves crashing on the rocks and lush forests extending as far as the eye can see.

Thu
12
Mar

Bad dagga, good dagga?

People who use high-potency cannabis (“skunk”) every day are five times more likely to have a schizophrenia-like psychotic episode than those who don’t, according to new research.

 

People who started using cannabis under the age of 15 year had “modestly, but significantly, increased risk of psychotic disorders”, according to the study,

But people who used low-potency (“hash”) cannabis – even daily – had no increased likelihood of psychotic disorders compared.

This is according to a six-year study conducted in south London, recently published in The Lancet Psychiatry medical journal.

Thu
12
Mar

South African Farmer’s court bid to legalise 'dagga'

Durban - The battle to legalise the use of dagga could reach the Constitutional Court if a Howick farmer has his way.

John Lawrence Strydom, 44, on Monday launched a Pietermaritzburg High Court application against the minister of justice and the office of the director of public prosecutions.

Strydom wants criminal proceedings against him for the possession and cultivation of dagga to be stayed.

This was in order for him to approach the Constitutional Court to have certain parts of the Illicit Drugs and Trafficking Act of 1992 and the Medicines and Related Substances Controlled Act of 1965, relating to the use, possession of and dealing in dagga, declared to be in violation of the Bill of Rights.

Sun
22
Feb

INVITATION TO BECOME PART OF SOUTH AFRICA'S THE DAGGA COUPLE CONSTITUTIONAL CHALLENGE

n addition to expert witnesses, the trial of the plant needs suitably qualified individuals and organisations to become Friends of the Court.
 

What is an Amicus Curiae?

Wed
11
Feb

Rastafarian lawyer in the dock over dagga

A RASTAFARIAN lawyer convicted before on two counts of dagga possession appeared in the Simons Town Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

Gareth Prince, 42, his wife Juanita Adams, 40, and daughter Samantha Adams, 19, were arrested at their Glen Cairn home on Wednesday.

His pro bono lawyer, Naven Pillay, told the court Prince used the substance on a “strictly religious basis”.

In 2002, the Cape Law Society refused to admit Prince as an attorney because he had two criminal convictions for possession of dagga.

At the time, Prince said he would not stop smoking what is regarded by Rastafarians as a “holy herb”.

He later lodged an application with the Constitutional Court for the substance to be legalised.

But this was rejected.

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