South Africa

Mon
25
Aug

The Face of Dagga Prohibition Gets Slapped

I would like to introduce you to the face of prohibition in South Africa. The first person in a while to come out and shake her fists at the prospect of cannabis legalisation. Brimming with passion and pessimism.

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If you’ve ever had that feeling of just wanting to grab someone by the shoulders and rattle them till they see sense. This was one of those days. With a faith that would shame that of any religion, this young lady trumpeted the evils of dagga. Thinking that sheer volume of voice would supersede the need to make any sense. A whirlwind not worth trying to out shout.

Wed
20
Aug

South African Cannabis Community loses a legend

Battling terminal lung cancer, Mario Ambrosini passed away during the early hours of Saturday morning at the age of 53. A flurry of tributes have since followed from leading political parties and judicial representatives.

Thu
05
Jun
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.

Wed
16
Apr

EFF Leader considering legalising dagga

"We have no hostile position towards that, it will be looked into," he said in an online chat on social networking site Facebook on Tuesday.

He was responding to questions for an hour ahead of the May 7 general election.

Several controversial questions and remarks were put to Malema, including issues around homosexuality, electronic tolling, and his close relationship with former ANC Youth League leader Floyd Shivambu.

Malema said if the Economic Freedom Fighters came to power after the elections, it would get rid of e-tolling.

"We [will] remove e-tolls immediately when we take over. Physically," he said.

On fighting crime, Malema said he would empower and retrain police officers to focus more on criminals rather than protests.

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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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.

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