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Cannabis in South Africa

The Highest Court in South Africa has declared “dagga” legal.

From now on, our constitution protects the private use and the growing of cannabis in one’s backyard.  It will not be a criminal offence for an adult person to use or be in possession of, cannabis for their consumption – not to sell.

I intend to research, interview users and let you know more about the future of Cannabis.

If you have information to share, click here – I look forward to hearing from you. 

Did you know that Cannabis is also known as Ganja, grass, Hashish, Hemp, Indian hemp, marijuana, reefer, weed, pot, but we know it as dagga. 

Did you know that depending on how it is grown or how it is harvested can be dangerous, unhealthy and can be life-threatening? Did you know that there are people in the streets and behind closed doors selling the “bad” cannabis products as life-saving treatments? Do you know if it was grown with poisonous insecticides and fertilisers and the consequences of that to your health?   

So the first step in “freeing the weed” has been taken. What is the next step and who will take it?

Guess what, the Department of Trade and Industry is the first South African government department to embark on a programme of research into the economic viability of Cannabis. They have been quick off the mark. I would guess we have some dagga users in that department.

Many countries are easing the penalties, and others have legalised cannabis. After quick research, I found the following countries either allow it for recreational purposes, use it as a medical application, or allow the cultivation. Some countries are in the process of legalising it this month. I’ve included some of them below:

Canada, Chile, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Georgia, India, Israel, Jamaica, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Peru, Portugal, Poland, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, USA (in certain individual states) and other countries like our own.

A new Industry has been launched.

Statistics Canada, the organisation behind Canada’s census and hundreds of other crowdsourced data collection programs, is predicting that the country’s legal cannabis sales could reach as high as $1.02 billion from the commencement of the retail market on October through to the end of the year.

Will South Africa beat Canada in becoming the legal, biggest grower and seller of Cannabis?

Cannabis contains the chemical compound THC (delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol), which is believed to be responsible for most of the characteristic psychoactive effects of certain types of cannabis. These come from the dagga plant. The oil from the hemp plant apparently has the healing properties and not the “high” effect.

The dried leaves and flowers of the cannabis plant are known as marijuana, which can be smoked (through a pipe or bong or hand-rolled into a joint) or taken orally with food (baked in cookies). The resin secretions of the plant are known as hashish, which can also be smoked or eaten.

The fibre of the cannabis plant is cultivated as industrial hemp with uses in textile manufacturing – you could be wearing a shirt today made from hemp.

The South Africa public needs to understand the realities that surround medical and social cannabis and why it should be considered as a civil liberty and a constitutional right.

While it is undeniable, that there has been a surge in progress with the recent legalisation of privately growing and using cannabis, patients who really could benefit from taking cannabis made from hemp, require better access to the product. There remains a need to spread the word, so the government legalises the commercial use of this oil and plant. We need South Africans to accept that the use of cannabis for disease treatment is legally happening all over the world and that it is not a back-street drug for hippies.

I recommend you follow my emails and future blogs to always be in the loop of what is happening and how you can help to push the movement forward and even use this plant for your health treatment – more about that soon.

People like Jan and Jane who are using cannabis to help ease and heal their illnesses are everyday people living next door. But unfortunately, they are people, just like you and me, who chose to live with not telling anybody that they solved their health problem with cannabis – they still feel embarrassed to be using it.

Please share your story about Cannabis.

Let’s Live Longer, Healthier, Together,
Michael Plumstead