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World’s top cannabis business leaders to gather in South Africa

NAIROBI, KENYA: As the global medical cannabis market continues to expand and increasing numbers of countries around the globe legalise its use, the renowned CannaTech Summit will take place for the first time on the African Continent in Cape Town, South Africa, November 24 – 26.

With estimates that the cannabis and associated products market could be worth R27 billion by 2023, this immense potential has led to a boom in regional cannabis interest and investment.


Legalising dagga in Swaziland: Why Minister Phiwayinkhosi could be right

On Tuesday, the country woke up to newspaper headlines about a cabinet minister calling for the legalisation of dagga – a widely grown plant in the country.

That minister is the otherwise reserved Phiwayinkhosi Mabuza, the Mhlambanyatsi Member of Parliament and Minister of Housing and Urban Development.

The minister’s submission before the august House stunned many, mainly because of his restrained manner and mostly because Prime Minister Sibusiso Barnabas Dlamini had appeared to indicate that legalising dagga was currently out of the question because the issue still needed to be extensively debated.

Without dismissing the minister, as some prominent individuals have done, it would be prudent to probe if his submission holds any water.



MBABANE – A serious dagga shortage has led to three dagga farmers being killed in cold blood by a South African gang which seeks to satisfy the lucrative South African market.

Swaziland, the main supplier to the market in SA, has been hit by a serious shortage after the Royal Swaziland police (RSP) sprayed and destroyed hectares of the illegal herb, mostly in northern Hhohho.
The attackers are said to pretend to be police officers from the RSP.


Swaziland: Revisiting legislation will curb drug use

National Head of the Anti Drug Unit, Superintendent Ephraem Maphalala has said  to reduce the high rate of drug dealing in the country, the current drug legislation had to be altered.

He said the old Opium Habit Forming Drug Act of 1922, together with the United Nations Convention of 1971 only deal with cases of possession and use and stipulates a custodial sentence of five years.

Maphalala said with the money that dagga dealers would make, they soon find their way back in the business. 

The Pharmacy Act of 1929 was amended in 1983 and it stipulated a 15-year-sentence with the equivalent of E15 000 fine, for those found to be selling drugs illegally. It has been more effective since.


Dagga dealers shift ownership or rotate members

Prosecutor Mncedisi Dlamini said sometimes during trial, families members shift the ownership of the dagga to one of the family members, usually the head of the family.

Police officers usually arrest everyone that they find in that particular homestead or car and charge them with dagga possession. 

 Sometimes family members found in one car would claim that they got a lift. He said it was not easy to prove that they all owned the dagga as they were all aware of the consequences of its cultivation, hence they would be released. 

Usually, the released members would go and pay the fine for the incarcerated member.


Swazi gold keeps a kingdom alive

FOR many Swazis, the dagga trade can mean the difference between life and death.

Poverty reaches new lows in the tiny landlocked country. The average Swazi will live to only 48 and 29% of children under five are stunted. According to US think-tank Freedom House, 66% of Swazis are unable to meet their basic food needs.

Dagga makes a difference. The powerful local variant of the drug is legendary among users in Europe and the US, to where it has been smuggled for decades. I n the past few years, insiders say, growing, harvesting and selling of the plant have become more organised and farmers have consolidated to set up semiformal operations.


The weed that feeds tiny Swaziland - Africa | IOL News

By Rebecca Harrison

After hours of scrambling over rugged mountain terrain, Swaziland's drug squad finally find what they're looking for: a secret field packed with some of the world's strongest dagga.

Prized for its potency across the world, "Swazi Gold" is grown in the remote northern mountains of this tiny African kingdom, then smuggled into neighbouring South Africa and on to Europe and North America.

Police in impoverished Swaziland say that despite dousing acres of towering plants with deadly insecticide, they are losing the war on dagga to dirt-poor peasants bent on protecting their most lucrative crop.

"We can't win this war," says inspector Ngwane Dlamini, head of criminal investigation in the northern region of Hhohho.

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