South Africa

Thu
26
Nov

South Africa: Ill man joins bid to legalise dagga

Court bid to decriminalise use of cannabis and allow recreational use.

A Boksburg man has been granted leave to join a Johannesburg couple’s constitutional challenge aimed at legalising dagga in South Africa. The North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria last week granted permission to Clifford Thorp to join the legal battle of Julian Stobbs and his partner, Myrtle Clarke, which is expected to be heard in March next year.

Thorp, who has numerous health problems, wants the use and possession of dagga for medicinal purposes legalised. Stobbs and Clarke, who are also known as the “dagga couple”, are challenging the constitutionality of the Drugs and Drug Trafficking Act, which outlaws the possession of and dealing in dagga.

Mon
23
Nov

South Africa: Karabo Mogane, legal dagga and almost R2 million

SA’s newest idol is the talk of the town, a court case seeks to legalise dagga and a former SANparks fundraiser has to pay back the money.

SA’s newest star

When Idols SA Season 11 winner Karabo Mogane couldn’t afford to study at Stellenbosch University anymore, he dropped out and set his sights on a different goal – making a career out of his love for music. Almost a year later, Mogane is the winner of the country’s biggest reality show and has bagged prizes that include R700 000 in cash, a new car and a recording deal with Universal Music. We get to know the country’s newest star in The Citizen.

Man to join court case aimed at legalising dagga

Wed
11
Nov

South Africa: Imagine Dagga Sales Funding Education, A Review of Dagga: A Short History

True to its title, this book is a quick, accessible read, but it is also packed with interesting historical information about dagga in its local and global contexts. It is also a timeous book. The world is abuzz with dagga (excuse the puns, they seem inevitable with this topic): it’s being decriminalised and legalised all over. South Africa has a “Dagga Couple” – Myrtle Clarke and Jules Stobbs – who are challenging the constitutionality of our laws against cannabis. Dagga, in other words, is in the air, becoming mainstream, like beer.

Sat
07
Nov

Father and son arrested for hydroponic dagga lab

WELKOM - A father and son have been arrested after a hydroponic dagga lab was discovered in Riebeeckstad on Friday.

Thabong police crime intelligence and Welkom K9 unit officers received a tip-off  on Friday morning about a drug laboratory in a house in Riebeeckstad, spokesman Captain Stephen Thakeng said in a statement.

Officers went to the house in Jason Street and requested permission to search the premises. They discovered  “high-grade” hydroponic dagga laboratory inside a back room in the house. Processed dagga was found in the son’s room and under a tree in the backyard.

Mon
02
Nov

Dagga couple crowdfunds international experts for 'Trial of the Plant'

Johannesburg - The so-called "dagga couple" are asking people to take a deep breath and help raise funds to bring international experts to testify in a possible landmark case on laws relating to the plant. 

Julian Stobbs and Myrtle Clarke are looking to reach an $80 000 (R1.1m) goal on theIndiegogo platform to bring cannabis experts to testify in what they call the "Trial of the Plant" at the High Court in Pretoria in March next year. 

More than $4 000 (R55 280) had been raised by Friday evening, four days after the couple started the campaign, and there were only 39 days left to raise the amount. 

Thu
29
Oct

Proven medical benefits would open cannabis debate, says Health Minister

Health Minister Howard Quayle was quizzed in the House of Keys overs whether he would support the use of cannabis or cannabis derivatives for medical use.

Replying to the question from Lib Van leader Kate Beecroft (Douglas South), Mr Quayle said: ‘The department will consider supporting the use of any medication, irrespective of its origin, that has a proven evidential basis.

‘A number of preparations derived from cannabis are undergoing clinical trials and some already have product licences as prescription-only medicines for specific conditions. There are no plans to support the introduction of unlicensed unproven medications.’

Wed
28
Oct

Want to get high abroad? There’s a travel guide for that

From Singapore: “Try wearing clothes that are marijuana related e.g. pictures of weed leaves etc.”

From Cape Town, South Africa: “I bought one bankie, and was caught by police. . . . African prisons SUX!!! So stay away from them.”

From Baghdad, Iraq: “Go up to most any civilian military contractor, at a good time, and just ask!”

For those who enjoy sampling the local grass as much as other travelers seek out regional wines or craft beers, the world has many welcoming corners.

Sat
24
Oct

High times for dagga as medicine: fears go up in smoke!

Any way you look at it, dagga is medicine. Even if you smoke it just to get “high”, the South African weed won’t just alter your consciousness.

It has a host of other powerful pharmacologic effects on body and mind, which make it medicine by definition.

Depending on which side of the legalisation or criminalisation fence you sit on, you’ll see those effects in a good or bad light.

“The dagga couple”, as the media have dubbed activists Julian Stobbs and Myrtle Clark, sit on the side of the fence bathed in the glow of a good light. They are part of an influential legalisation campaign in South Africa that has spread faster than the weed grows, and now includes medical doctors, psychologists, lawyers, and other interested parties.

Fri
23
Oct

Another South African Joins the Constitutional Fight to Legalize Dagga

Christian Baker is a chef living in Glen Ashley, Durban North, South Africa, and is the latest member of Iqela Lentsango, the Dagga Party of South Africa, to challenge the constitutionality of dagga prohibition in the nation of 53 million.

Fri
23
Oct

The street drug wreaking havoc in South African townships

Simunye (South Africa) (AFP) - More than two decades after the end of apartheid, South Africa's youth hoped to be reaping the benefits of the country's fresh start, but a potent drug is taking a heavy toll on the most vulnerable.

 

Like all mothers, Caroline had big dreams for her eldest son, naming him Tshepo for hope.

"He was my hope," she said, choking back tears. "But now I don't know."

For three years, 19-year-old Tshepo has been hooked on nyaope, a drug that is smoked like a rolled joint.

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