South Africa

Tue
29
Nov

South Africa on Track to Legalise Medical Cannabis

South Africa may legally regulate medical cannabis as soon as April 2017.

The South African Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Health has said that the government will amend the Medicines and Related Substances Act 1965 (MRS Act). Under the reformed legislation, cannabis – known locally as “dagga” - will be downgraded from a banned Schedule 7 drug to a Schedule 6 drug, meaning it can be prescribed. The revision of the law is to be drafted by late January 2017 and may be implemented by April 2017, according to South Africa’s News24.

Fri
25
Nov

South Africa: Legalisation of dagga opens a crack in the wall

It was with a measure of surprise I received word that the Medicines Control Council (MCC) declared a desire to reschedule cannabis from a schedule 7 to schedule 6 drug this week during portfolio hearings in Parliament on the Medical Innovation Bill (MIB).

Looking at the big picture of the last apartheid laws still left in place (the 1992 Drugs & Drug Trafficking Act and the 1965 Medicines Control Act), the rescheduling of anything is a seismic step from a policy that has been enthusiastically and heavily policed for a hundred years. 

Fri
04
Nov

Legalizing marijuana could contribute to improved public health in South Africa


Onto South Africa now…The decriminalization of marijuana could contribute to improved public health. That’s according to the country’s Central Drug Authority. The Authority argues in their medical journal that criminalization has had little impact on how people use the drug. But opponents fear crime connected to drug abuse and marijuana users graduating to harder drugs. CCTV’s Yolisa Njamela has the story

Wed
05
Oct

South African Study on Cannabis: A Future in Treating Cervical Cancer?

Recent research from South Africa has highlighted the potential cannabis has to treat cervical cancer, a disease that kills over a quarter of a million women annually. This latest study was not conducted on humans, but is the first of it’s kind and shows promising results.

Fri
23
Sep

Dagga industry could put South Africa on a high

THE British parliamentary report in favour of legalising cannabis for medical purposes, and the decision of some states in the US to make it legal to smoke it, raises the question: why don’t we follow the Colorado example? After all, we are renowned for growing the best stuff.

It is four years since Colorado voters decided 55%-45% to legalise marijuana, allowing adults to possess, sell and cultivate limited amounts. The referendum was close and aroused passionate argument.

Fri
09
Sep

The Dagga Party of South Africa enters the fray

An unexpected figure is about to get involved in the so called #DaggaSpringbok saga – the leader of the Dagga Party of South Africa (DPSA)

Wed
31
Aug

Pop Culture Power Rankings: From Snoop Dogg to Willie Nelson, Counting Down the Top Celebrity Marijuana Lines

How the world still dearly loves a ranking system. Each week, we rank something from the world of pop culture in a totally objective, not to be questioned, absolutely definitive manner. It could be anything from the best Kanye West songs to the worst nightmares we’ve had from Nic Cage characters. Or it could be – as it is this week – the top five celebrity strains of marijuana.

There’s a huge buzz around the weed industry, and celebrities are cashing in. With legalization increasing across North America, musicians, artists and even reality stars are launching their own cannabis lines. Here are our five favourite endorsements:

5. Die Antwoord

Sun
28
Aug

South Africa: Cannabis talk sparks lively debate

The speaker made a strong case for legalising the plant and for regulating its medical use

IF cannabis was a gateway drug, it was a gateway to better health, not a gateway to the use and abuse of more addictive substances.

This, Allan Morkel’s controversial point of view, kicked off what was one of most discussed and debated talks ever delivered from the Tuesday Rostrum podium.

Thu
25
Aug

Record Rise in Seizures of Cannabis Smuggled in Post Across South Africa and Spain​

Customs & Excise report 10-fold increase with most from South Africa and Spain. 

The number of cannabis seizures being made in the Republic’s postal service has reach record levels.

Customs & Excise officers have seen a near 10-fold increase in seizures in the last five years and, despite that level of growth, seizure numbers almost doubled last year.

The vast majority of seizures involve herbal cannabis being imported into the State via the postal service from Spain and South Africa.

Security sources believe while some of the finds belonged to gangs experimenting with smuggling routes to test how effective searching in the postal system is, most of the finds result from orders for the drug placed online.

Mon
22
Aug

South Africa: Die Antwoord to Launch Own Cannabis Line

The products accompany the release of a new single from the rap duo, 'We Have Candy' .

Though South African rap duo Die Antwoord are currently prepping the release of new album Mount Ninji and Da Nice Time Kid, they appear to have found time to branch out with a little entrepreneurialism. 

The pair partnered with Northern California's largest supplier of medicinal cannabis products, Natural Cannabis, to bring out their own line of weed products called Zef Zol (via Channel 24); ranging from vapes, vape refills, lip balms, chocolates, and mouth spray. 

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