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Harm Reduction International 2017 – Lessons from Canada


We were honoured to be invited to speak at Harm Reduction International's 2017 Conference in Montreal, Canada, earlier this month. "The theme of this year’s conference was 'At the Heart of the Response', and the programme included presentations, panels, workshops and dialogue space sessions on innovative harm reduction services, new or ground-breaking research, effective or

Cannabis Legalisation for Private Home Use. What Next?

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On Friday 31 March 2017 the Western Cape High Court delivered a judgement that declared the prohibition of the cultivation, use and possession of Cannabis within the privacy of the home, unconstitutional. We have been inundated with media interviews, words of support, congratulations for Jeremy Acton and Ras Garreth Prince and many, many questions. Here's

Personal Cannabis Use Legalised in South Africa

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The Western Cape High Court case for the legalisation of Cannabis in South Africa has taken years and multiple postponements to reach today's verdict that Cannabis prohibition in South Africa is "unconstitutional".  Ras Gareth Prince, who has previously lost a Constitutional Court case based on legalising for religious purposes only, and Jeremy Acton, leader of The Dagga

Legal Medicinal Cannabis – The Next Step


The Medicines Control Council has published their guidelines for "Cultivation of Cannabis and Manufacture of Cannabis-Related Pharmaceutical Products for Medicinal and Research Purposes." We have had a careful look at the document and urge our supporters to do the same. Public comments are open until the end of March 2017 but we get the feeling

Do YOU Want a License to Grow Cannabis?


We are inundated with requests for information on how to obtain a license to cultivate, trade in, or use Cannabis for medical purposes (of course!). If you contact us about this you will receive this stock reply: “Hello there. Everyone is asking the same question and we're not sure of the answer. If the 'old' system

What Does Opposition to Cannabis Legalisation Look Like?


We're back in full swing after a glorious break with lots happening on the legalisation front already this year. The Trial of the Plant is a mere six months away and several media outlets ran with Cannabis stories over the festive season and into the new year. This demonstrates the ongoing newsworthiness of the subject

Medical Cannabis in South Africa? Really?


      This is the million rand question that has been filling the airwaves and our inboxes since last week. The Inkatha Freedom Party announced "Victory for medical Cannabis use in South Africa" , citing major developments in the private members bill introduced by the late Dr Mario Oriani-Ambrosini in 2014.       We

Final Expert Witnesses for The Trial of the Plant


Together with our legal team at Schindlers Attorneys, Johannesburg, we have finalised our list of Expert Witnesses for The Trial of the Plant, due to start in the Pretoria High Court on 30 July 2017 until 25 August 2017. The final list, together with summaries of each expert's evidence has been delivered to the plaintiff's

The Legalisation Debate – Know the Argument.


  Mid winter marks the time for the annual National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, Eastern Cape. By far the most prolific Cannabis growing area in Southern Africa and a hotbed of support for legalisation, our legal team were invited to contribute to Thinkfest,  billed as "A Fascinating Festival for your Brain". The word DAGGA

New Date for The Trial of the Plant.


The Trial of the Cannabis Plant is due to start in the Pretoria High Court, Gauteng province, South Africa on 31 July 2017 until 25 August 2017. This is a total of 19 high court days. Our legal team at Schindlers Attorneys consulted with Deputy Judge President Ledwaba recently and it was established that these