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Published: Thu, 17 Aug 2017 18:31:25 -0700

Last Build Date: Thu, 17 Aug 2017 18:10:02 GMT

 



South Africa: OPED: Legalising Cannabis

Tue, 09 Aug 2016 07:00:00 GMT

The Mercury, 09 Aug 2016 - COLORADO'S now years-long experiment with legal medical and recreational cannabis markets has been mostly positive and fascinating, and yet the federal government has been slow to rethink its decades-long prohibitionist position. We hope the Obama administration takes advantage of its historic opportunity to end or take steps towards dismantling the destructive war on pot. What an irony it would be if Obama, who has openly admitted to pot use in his early years, and who has shown great tolerance towards local legalisation laws, left office without having moved the nation away from the antiquated reefer-madness enforcement of past presidencies.



South Africa: PUB LTE: Alternatives Needed

Mon, 25 Jul 2016 07:00:00 GMT

Cape Times, 25 Jul 2016 - THE page-four report "Strategy on drugs slammed" (Cape Times, July 21) rightly draws attention to the negative consequences of drug prohibition on society in general and on public health in particular. But the "experts" who make a living trying to cure these ills must find a far more nuanced approach if real progress is to be made.



South Africa: Forbidden Drug Is A 'Miracle'

Sat, 16 Jul 2016 07:00:00 GMT

The Star, 16 Jul 2016 - Severely Ill Patients Vouch for Medicinal Benefits of Dagga Oil AS A mother, Veronica Ellis would do anything to help her eight-year-old child, even if it meant the unthinkable: giving her a small daily dose of a forbidden drug. But she could no longer watch her once-radiant daughter, now a hollow skeleton, slipping away.



South Africa: Court Order Stay On Dagga Trial

Fri, 15 Jul 2016 07:00:00 GMT

The Citizen, 15 Jul 2016 - An ill Boksburg man has obtained a court order to stay his criminal trial for possessing, manufacturing and dealing in dagga pending the outcome of a constitutional challenge aimed at legalising the substance in South Africa. Judge Ronel Tolmay granted an order in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria to stay the criminal trial of Clifford Thorp, 58, pending the final outcome of his legal battle to legalise the medicinal use of dagga.



South Africa: Cannabis Story Is Slowly Turning Full Circle

Thu, 14 Jul 2016 07:00:00 GMT

The Witness, 14 Jul 2016 - WHILE the latest research on cannabis confirms anecdotes that weed slows and even removes Alzheimer's, the dagga couple of SA still have a long fight to change the illegal status of the drug in South Africa. On their non-profit organisation website, Fields of Green for All, the infamous dagga couple, Julian Stobbs and Myrtle Clarke, said their case will finally come to court on July 31, 2017. And after all their effort to get there, the Pretoria high court will have to escalate the questions raised on the constitutionality of being arrested for possessing dagga to the Constitutional Court. The couple have also sued seven South African government departments on charges of enacting unlawful laws.



South Africa: PA Declares War On Drugs

Wed, 13 Jul 2016 07:00:00 GMT

The Citizen, 13 Jul 2016 - Patriotic Alliance (PA) leader Gayton McKenzie, pictured, has announced a plan he says is supported by his political party to rid gang-afflicted communities of drug dealers. On his Facebook account, he yesterday asked members of these communities to inbox him the addresses of drug houses and "lolly lounges" in their areas, because the PA needed to verify that they were, indeed, selling drugs.



South Africa: Does 15% of Sa's Population Have a Drug Problem?

Mon, 11 Jul 2016 07:00:00 GMT

The Witness, 11 Jul 2016 - Africa Check investigates the source of this statistic and others related to drug use in South Africa TOM ROBBINS, AMERICAN AUTHOR (1932-). Any half-awake materialist well knows - that which you hold holds you. "Drug use is really a symptom, not a primary cause of many of South Africa's issues, but it is a politically expedient target for people to focus on, instead of addressing the real imbalances and inequalities in our society."



South Africa: Dagga Steps Out Of The Shadows To Fuel Debate

Sat, 09 Jul 2016 07:00:00 GMT

Dispatch, 09 Jul 2016 - After 40 Years Dope Goes Mainstream at Festival AFTER more than 40 years on the fringe of the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, dagga finally stepped out of the shadows and into the mainstream.



South Africa: Column: Puff And Pass Law To Legalise Herb

Fri, 08 Jul 2016 07:00:00 GMT

Sowetan, 08 Jul 2016 - BILL Clinton memorably took a puff, but did not inhale. A few years later, his fellow Democrat Barack Hussein Obama admitted that in his youth not only did he take a puff from a dagga roll, but he also inhaled. "I inhaled frequently. That was the point," he said.