South Africa


The Cannabis Chronicles: 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.


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SA 'dagga couple' vow to legalise weed

JOHANNESBURG - The so-called Dagga Couple are months away from heading to the North Gauteng High Court, to fight for the "re-legalisation" of cannabis.

Julian Stobbs and Myrtle Clarke were arrested in 2010 for possession with intent to sell dagga which they said was for personal use.

They've responded by suing five government departments for what they claim are draconian laws governing the use of the intoxicating herb.

Watch the video report by eNCA’s Nickolaus Bauer in the gallery above.


Canada’s PM legalises cannabis, high time for SA?

As an old hippy myself, I’m all in favour of legalising dagga, the mind-altering weed that grows widely – and wildly – in South Africa. Also known as cannabis, marijuana or pot, the drug has research to support efficacy and safety of compounds it contains for pain control,  neurological diseases such as epilepsy, and to treat cachexia, a wasting syndrome in cancer, HIV/Aids and TB patients. In a recent post on Biznews, High times for dagga as medicine: fears go up in smoke!, I looked at the debate on dagga as one way to destroy the illegal market, and maximise benefits and minimise harms from medicinal and recreational use.



Judge Dennis Davis suggested the applicants approach expert witnesses to bolster their case.


South Africa: 'Dagga campaign' court battle gets smoked out

A lawyer who has been fighting for over a decade to have marijuana legalised, is back in court. Video: eNCA

CAPE TOWN - A lawyer is promising to continue his 'dagga campaign' -- Gareth Prince is fighting to get marijuana legalised.

He says the law is riddled with inconsistencies. But on Monday, a judge questioned that claim, saying Prince should have done his homework.

A Constitutional Court application by Prince and 18 others failed in 2002. Now they're back in the Western Cape High Court.

The group wants the court to declare certain parts of the law dealing with dagga invalid. 


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.


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


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.


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.


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. 


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