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Medical cannabis in South Africa

The South African Medicines Control Council (MCC) has recently rescheduled cannabis from a schedule 7 to schedule 6 drug as of November 2016 through the Medical Innovation Bill (MIB). This is a small step in the right direction, as it has now been reclassified from a “extremely high potential for abuse or dependence” drug, with no medicinal value or benefit, to a less extreme “high potential for abuse or dependence” medicine, with medical value and benefit.

Sadly the tender process has not been open to the public, and only a handful of politically tied cronies have licences to grow and distribute medical cannabis. This still needs to be challenged to allow for anyone who wishes to partake in this rapidly emerging, worldwide – multi-billion dollar industry, to do so.

Cannabis activists Julian Stobs and Myrtle Clarke, have been dubbed by the media as “The Dagga Couple”, and are challenging the unjust, unconstitutional, outdated and irrational laws, that cannabis and its users have fallen victim to, in the Pretoria High Court in July 2017. You can sign the petition for the re-legalization of the use of the Cannabis plant for all applications – industrial, medicinal, spiritual, religious and recreational, by clicking on the following link: https://daggacouple.co.za/petition/ The couple plan on taking the matter further to the Constitutional Court once they have succeeded in the High Court, as it is a human rights issue and not a criminal one. We should be free to choose what we know is good or bad for our bodies and therefore it should be decriminalized.

At the end of the day we all need to partake in the protection of our constitutional and human rights, and make sure that the laws in South Africa are just for all, regardless of race, religion or culture. Together we can restore this beautiful country the world has come to know as “The Rainbow Nation”.

Evil triumphs when good men do nothing – Edmund Burke

 

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