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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

Through UNGASS and Out the Other Side.

We’ve been mulling over our experiences at UNGASS last month. Reports have been circulating and there is nothing we could say here that hasn’t been said before. The  Drug Policy Alliance summed it up best “by and large, nations gathered at the UN last week missed a key opportunity to critically reflect on the failures

Weedstock Cancelled – Debrief

We have been planning a very special festival called Weedstock since November last year. On Thursday afternoon at 2pm, 20 hours before the gates opened, we received an email from the SAPS to tell us that the last piece of permission - one signature - would not be granted. If we proceeded with the event