South Africa

Thu
19
May

Masses Rally in South Africa to Protest Cannabis Prohibition

According to local reports, around 3,000 protesters in Cape Town, South Africa recently took to the streets to oppose the country’s continued prohibition on cannabis. Activists donning red, green and gold gathered together in support for cannabis. The 10th Annual Cannabis Walk is recognized as one of a series of marches around the globe, called the Global Cannabis Campaign.

Tue
10
May

Thousands Take Part in Pro-Cannabis Protests in South Africa

Thousands of South Africans took to the streets of Cape Town on Saturday, in a procession demanding a relaxation of drugs laws to allow medicinal and recreational use of cannabis.

With some smoking the substance, locally known as Dagga, around 3,000 protesters took part in the march in a backdrop of reggae music, while waving red, green and gold flags.

“We were marching for the legalisation and regulation of cannabis in South Africa,” lead organiser Johannes Berkhout told AFP.

“There is more than enough evidence around the world about the medicinal benefits of cannabis,” he said, adding that legalisation would create a “safer and much more controllable” use of the drug.

Mon
09
May

‘Free the weed’: Cannabis supporters protest globally for relaxation of marijuana laws

The Global Marijuana March has taken place this weekend as cannabis supporters from around the world gathered in 829 cities in 72 countries to put pressure on their governments to legalize the drug.

Buenos Aires, Argentina 

Demonstrators were out in force in the Argentinian capital, Buenos Aires, including wheelchair-bound children suffering from refractory epilepsy. They want the drug legalized for medical use and for it to be regulated for cultivation and consumption. 

Thu
31
Mar

Time to revisit South Africa's dagga laws

We should be growing marijuana here in sunlight, reducing carbon pollution and earning ourselves some dollars in the process, writes Stephen Pain.

I have yet to read the texts recommended by Clifford Schaffer in his letter “Drug laws not helping” on March 15, but otherwise I agree wholeheartedly with his views.

Richard Nixon, under immense pressure following the US disaster in Vietnam and the looming Watergate affair, desperately needed a rallying cry to divert the public’s attention and a “war on drugs” fitted the bill perfectly.

It also put the blame for the thousands of returning heroin-addicted GIs wholly on the drug itself and not on their horrific wartime experiences.

Thu
31
Mar

BRICS nations against marijuana and why this is relevant for the whole cannabis world

The BRICS nations comprise of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. The members are all developing or newly industrialised countries, with a significant influence on regional and global affairs. What is the Brics’ stance on marijuana and why should you care?

Tue
08
Mar

Comrades in arms: South Africa, Russia, and the new global war on drugs

As the West throttles down on its 45-year-old war on drugs, acknowledging that the trillion-dollar price tag has only fuelled civil conflict in Latin America, crowded the prisons at home, and harmed more addicts than it has healed, another bloc of nations is gearing up to implement the self-same failed policies. So guess who’s with China, Indonesia, Russia and the Middle East on this? Yup, South Africa, under the inspired guidance of the Hawks. KEVIN BLOOM reports.

I. The Hawks and the Kremlin Drug Czars

Thu
18
Feb

Opinion: Legalisation of Dagga in South africa

Growing up in Soweto was very tough. There were just too many challenges and that has led to many young men resorting to drugs to forget everything happening around them. In 1997 a man asked my friend’s mother if he can erect his shack on their yard and because they needed the money they allowed him to. This man was selling Dagga for a living. As teenagers at that time we used to help him package it for distribution and he will buy us food and also give us the spillage for us to enjoy. As teenagers we used to enjoy that on the back of the toilet and because the neighbours used to complain about the odour or smell so we then smoked it in the veld. A few other friends joined us in smoking as it was given to us for free.

Fri
05
Feb

South Africa: High time to decriminalize cannabis trade

Loyiso Maqela* doesn’t see himself as a drug dealer or a criminal.

The 31-year-old dagga grower from a village near Mpande, south of Port St Johns on the Wild Coast, sees himself as more of a cross between a farmer and a herbalist.

Maqela, one of thousands of small-scale growers in his area, has never had a formal job, apart from working as a gillie for fishermen at nearby Mpande Beach since he was forced to leave school at the end of Grade 4. He reckons that joining the region’s multimillion-rand marijuana trade was his only option.

Fri
05
Feb

South Africa: Medical marijuana still a pipe dream

Studies suggest cancer patient numbers will rise by 70%.

Although World Cancer Day was commemorated yesterday, South Africa’s chance of using medical marijuana still lingers.

The Medical Innovation Bill was tabled in Parliament in 2014 by late IFP MP Mario Ambrosini – who took his life as a result of suffering from lung cancer.

According to IFP MP Narend Singh, the bill was being processed.

He said it had been sitting before the portfolio committee on health since early last year.

“The bill has gone through to the Medicines Control Council,” he said. “We are looking at amending it following informal meetings with the ANC.”

Fri
22
Jan

South Africa: Marijuana activism scores, Big Pharma equalises

In a policy brief published by the Medical Research Council on January 5, the medicinal value of cannabinoids was officially – and historically – recognised in South Africa. Three days later, the president signed into law the Medicines and Related Substances Amendment Act of 2015, a piece of legislation that theoretically allows Big Pharma to feed our dagga to us in pill form – or, if we like, through a straw. KEVIN BLOOM reports.

1. For the winners

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