Items tagged with south africa

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NPA bids to have dagga ruling repealed [08.11.2017] Tough questions are being asked about the dynamics of legalising cannabis as the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) seeks to repeal the ruling that...
Ghana’s bold step away from the ‘war on drugs’ [13.10.2017] Ghana is poised to become the first African country, and the first country outside of Europe and the Americas, to decriminalise the personal possessi...
The green gold rush: Could Africa be on the verge of a weed race? [09.10.2017] Several African governments are considering tapping a lucrative natural resource. More than 10,000 tons of cannabis are produced on the continent eac...
Op-Ed: Marijuana farming – a silver bullet for rural poverty? [26.09.2017] When marijuana farming is legalised in South Africa who will benefit? This is not just a hypothetical question. Right now, marijuana is being legally...
Dagga laws are ‘racist and irrational’‚ court told [14.08.2017] The South African law banning the smoking and cultivation of dagga is racist‚ unscientific and not rational or based on good law making. This was the...
Dagga is not a gateway drug [07.08.2017] The prohibition on dagga is the "gateway to harder drug use‚ not the use of cannabis itself"‚ Imperial College Professor David Nutt told the Pretoria...
Why the South African state needs to lose its fight against marijuana policy reform [27.07.2017] South Africa is among many countries facing challenges to their drug control policies, particularly around marijuana, known locally as dagga. The Med...
Court set to revisit old dagga legislation [14.07.2017] A highly anticipated court case later this month will revisit a 1928 South African law against cannabis – with the aim of legalising the plant for va...
It's time to end SA's war on drugs [29.06.2017] Bluetooth nyaope, dagga, dealers and associated rhetoric often dominate the headlines on the issue of drug use. The supply and consumption of drugs —...
Police time and money go to pot [19.05.2017] In 2015-2016, 259 165 people were arrested for drug-related crimes, according to the South African Police Service’s (SAPS) crime statistics. The poli...
Dagga Judgment: There are less drastic ways to deal with its harmful effects [04.05.2017] Until 1921 dagga was sold openly by mine storekeepers in the towns and grew wild in much of South Africa. It was banned partly because it was feared ...
Get high on own supply? [15.04.2017] For years much of South Africa’s dagga has been grown on the green rolling hills of the east coast, often as what economist Vladislav Lakcevic calls ...
Dagga ruling leaves authorities in a haze [09.04.2017] There is uncertainty among various government institutions around the Western Cape High Court’s ruling which allows for the possession, cultivation a...
Understanding Judge Davis' dope judgment [02.04.2017] On 31 March 2017, Justice Dennis Davis handed down a judgment in the Western Cape High Court that declared sections of the Drugs and Drug Trafficking...
Dagga ban goes up in smoke - and so do some cases [01.04.2017] Dagga aficionados - users of the intoxicating plant - may now legally grow and consume it in the privacy of their homes, without fear of arrest. In o...
Dagga can be used at home, Cape court rules [31.03.2017] In a much celebrated outcome, Judge Dennis Davies ruled that an adult may cultivate and use cannabis in the privacy of their own home. “The order als...
De-schedule dagga to create jobs, says community [23.03.2017] As the deadline for public comment on the guideline documents for cultivation of cannabis for medical use looms, an Eastern Cape community is calling...
Why SA should follow Portugal and decriminalise drug use [17.03.2017] The war on drugs in South Africa, as in the US, has in no way reduced the supply or the demand of drugs. And without a doubt it’s led to an increase ...
Medicinal cannabis gets the go-ahead [20.02.2017] The government has given the green light for the manufacture of cannabis for medicinal use – with the IFP hailing it a “major victory” and tribute to...
Cannabis users want same rights as smokers, drinkers [13.12.2016] Cannabis users in South Africa want the same rights as alcohol drinkers and cigarette smokers to use the herb without fear of arrest, Dagga Party lea...
Decriminalise dagga, says Central Drug Authority in 'bold step' [01.06.2016] The Central Drug Authority has taken a definitive position on the use of dagga, and has called for it to be decriminalised. CDA Head researcher Profe...
Cash crops poisoned in Pondoland [07.04.2016] The villagers keep watch from January, waiting for police helicopters to thud over the hills. Every year, for nearly three decades, their plantations...
Killing the economic lifeblood of the Eastern Cape's weed-producing people [26.03.2016] In the mountains of Pondoland in the Eastern Cape, 'intsangu' is green gold: the key to the rural poor's economic survival. Why then, despite global ...
Elite ‘African Group’ in Vienna undermines AU drug policy [06.02.2016] South Africa’s mission in Vienna submitted a minority reactionary “African Group” (AG) position on drug policy to the United Nations, despite the Afr...
War on dagga puts rural people at toxic risk, specialists warn [18.03.2015] The climate in the Wild Coast of the Eastern Cape in South Africa has made cultivating dagga (cannabis sativa) popular since people settled here cent...
The Rise and Decline of Cannabis Prohibition [10.03.2014] The cannabis plant has been used for spiritual, medicinal and recreational purposes since the early days of civilization. In this report the Transnat...
The war on dagga sobers up [28.02.2014] The apartheid regime was terrified of white people interacting with black people, and saw cannabis as a dangerous enabler. They ensured it stayed pro...
Cannabis production and markets in Europe [26.06.2012] This study brings together available evidence to provide a comprehensive analysis of cannabis production and markets across the EU. It combines infor...
Time to decriminalise drugs? [01.02.2011] The drug trade has increased globally in intensity and reach, and substance abuse in South Africa has escalated rapidly. Drug misuse is a major socia...

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