South Africa

Mon
25
Sep

South Africa steps closer to cannabis legalization

Earlier this year, South Africa’s courts ruled that home use of cannabis will be legal.

To which pro-marijuana activist Julian Stobbs says: Chill.

The ruling from the Western Cape province High Court does apply across the nation, but the decision is really more about privacy than it is about pot.

The ruling struck down part of an old law that prohibits private and personal use of marijuana. The ruling still has to be solidified by parliament and pass through the constitutional court, which could take up to two years.

Thu
21
Sep

Dagga set to grow KZN economy

Durban - KwaZulu-Natal emerging farmers are going to get the chance to cultivate a “miracle crop” that has the potential to transform the South African economy, while creating thousands of much-needed jobs.

And the plant that will be grown in six rural areas of the province to help to bring prosperity to the region and the country is cannabis, also known as hemp or dagga.

The project has the backing of nine government departments and the first local briefing session about the crop will be held in Camperdown on Thursday to an invited group of small-scale rural farmers.

Thu
14
Sep

Medical marijuana to be licensed in South Africa by end 2017

The Citizen reported this week that those who want to grow cannabis for medicinal purposes will be able to do so by the end of the week.

“The MCC is meeting next week to approve these [regulations and application forms] and once they have approved them they are for use by the public,” health director general Precious Matsoso said.

“In terms of the growing process, the Agricultural Research Council has been applying, but now it’s a process that requires partnership between, among others, the department of agriculture, the department of science and technology and the department of trade and industry,” she said.

Tue
15
Aug

Cannabis Debate: 'South Africa Likely to Prioritise Health and Human Rights' - Expert

While a High Court bid to legalise marijuana continues in Pretoria, several international experts weighed in on the topic during the recent Drug Policy Week conference in Cape Town. Watch.  

Human rights activist Anand Grover serves on the Global Commission on Drug Policy, is a senior advocate in the Supreme Court of India, a former UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health, and Director of the Lawyer's Collective in India. 

Thu
10
Aug

South Africa At Cannabis Crossroads

For one South African mother, cannabis was an illegal drug to warn her son about when he became a teenager: today, she uses it to treat his rare medical condition.

Now the ban on using the drug is being challenged in the High Court, raising the possibility that it could effectively be decriminalised.

"When I first heard of medical cannabis, I thought they were smoking it because they wanted to get high," said Susanne, who asked for her real name to be withheld.

"Then I had a kid who could actually benefit from it."

She remembers the impact that cannabis oil appeared to have on her seven-year-old son, who suffers from Costello syndrome which causes delayed physical and mental development.

Mon
08
May

Cape Town CBD smoking as hundreds participate in Cannabis Walk

“This plant does not harm us!’’ dagga activist Myrtle Clarke declared as hundreds of people marched through the Cape Town CBD on Saturday.

Clarke‚ who along with her partner Jules Stobbs are known as the ‘’Dagga Couple’’‚ addressed cannabis enthusiasts near the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. A video of their address has been posted to their Facebook page.

She referred to the landmark judgment delivered in the High Court in Cape Town this year which found that the criminalisation of dagga was unconstitutional. The court also found that the ban on the personal use of dagga by adults in their homes was an infringement of their constitutional right to privacy. The case was brought to court by

Thu
04
May

Watch: South Africa’s first open weed dispensary


Johan and Mirishin are a couple who have been distributing medical marijuana for the last three years. Step into their consultation room and see just how this herb may change South Africa’s medical scene.

Tue
04
Apr

South African Court OKs Marijuana for Home Use

Last week's court ruling allowing home use of marijuana has sent South Africa buzzing about the possibility that cannabis will now be widely legal in the Rainbow Nation.

To which pro-marijuana activist Julian Stobbs says: Chill.

Friday’s ruling from the Western Cape province High Court does apply across the nation, but the decision is really more about privacy than it is about pot.

The ruling struck down part of an old law that prohibits private and personal use of marijuana. The ruling still has to be solidified by parliament and pass through the constitutional court, which could take up to two years.

Tue
07
Mar

South Africa: Green Light On Medical Marijuana May Not Be That Green

While some South Africans are celebrating the announcement that government is taking a step toward legalising cannabis for medical use, activists and users of cannabis-based medicines are wary.

South Africans have been self-medicating with cannabis medicines – primarily in the form of oil – for a long time. It was only when the late IFP MP, Dr Mario Oriani-Ambrosini, brought the benefits of cannabis to the attention of Parliament in 2014, that the potential medicinal value of cannabis was seriously considered by South African legislators.

Wed
01
Mar

South Africa Set To Become 1st African Nation To Legalize Marijuana

The South African parliament has listened to a motion to legalize the cultivation and usage of cannabis sativa or marijuana.

South Africa is set to legalize the cultivation and use of marijuana, known locally as “dagga,” as early as April 2017, making it the first African nation to permit its usage for medical purposes, reports Afkinsider.

History of the Bill

In 2014, Mario Oriani-Ambrosini, a South African MP elected on the platform of the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), moved a motion in parliament calling for the legalization of marijuana for medical usage.

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