South Africa


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. 


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.’


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.


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.


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.


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.


Dagga in Zanele’s room, says Minister Moyo

THERE was a small amount of marijuana in Zanele Moyo’s room and not the huge cache of empty alcohol bottles initially indicated, higher education minister Jonathan Moyo said on Wednesday.

Zanele, Minister Moyo’s daughter, was found dead in her off-campus flat in South Africa last Saturday. The 20-year-old was a second year student at the University of Cape Town.

Her body arrived in Harare Wednesday ahead of burial at Glen Forest on Friday.

Addressing mourners who included President Robert Mugabe, Minister Moyo said they found a small amount of marijuana when they got into Zanele’s apartment.

According to The Herald newspaper, Minister Moyo said the family had not raised any suspicion of foul play over his daughter’s passing.


A missed chance to weed out cannabis myths

Hazel Crampton does well to outline the colonial mythmaking around marijuana but her book, Dagga: A Short History, still comes across as incomplete.

In a talk at the international conference on law and religion in Africa, held at Stellenbosch University last year, emeritus justice Albie Sachs touched on a momentous 2002 Constitutional Court case involving the religious use of dagga.

Rasta lawyer Gareth Anver Prince had challenged the constitutional validity of the prohibition on using or possessing dagga for religious purposes and was now facing Constitutional Court judges, including Sachs.

“I don’t know why I felt so much for Anver Prince [and his fellow Rastafarians]; they were standing at the back of the court with their dreadlocks, kind of uncomfortable.


Legalisation of marijuana in South Africa

The legalisation of marijuana in South Africa as of late has been a controversial topic. Around the world many countries are slowly becoming more accustomed to the idea of marijuana as a non-harmful substance and it is high time policy in South Africa embraces it and ease the laws against the possession and consumption of marijuana. “Cannabis is to date a genetically pure plant, occurring globally, which offers massive medicinal, industrial, agricultural, ecological, and socio-economic benefits to the man on the street.” (George, 2015) In 2010 the UN World Drug Report states that between 119 million people to 224 million people above the age of 18 used marijuana. (UN, 2010)


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