Medical Marijuana February 19, 2014

South Africa Parliament Introduces Bill To Legalize Dagga

The Medical Innovation Bill, a bill to legalize Cannabis in South Africa for medical, economic and industrial purposes, was introduced in parliament today.

The bill was submitted by Member of Parliament, Mario GR Oriani-Ambrosini from the Inkatha Freedom Party. The Medical Innovation Bill aims to make provision for innovations in medical treatments by legalising the use of cannabis for medical, economic and industrial purposes.

Last year Oriani-Ambrosini was diagnosed with stage four, inoperable lung cancer, which forms the background to this bill. People with life-threatening diseases such as cancer are legally denied access to a medicine that they could be growing themselves. Under current legislation, medical practitioners are legally denied the right to prescribe proven to be effective and harmless medication to their patients, which includes cannabis, on the basis that it hasn’t been approved in terms of the legally required double blind clinical studies.

However, such studies are often considered “economically” unviable. The profits in the pharmaceutical industry come from patents, and cannabis, a plant that’s in the public domain, can’t be patented. Oriani-Ambrosini said that millions of people were going through the hell of being a cancer patient, and die and suffer, possibly unnecessarily, because government was not funding research and expediting approval for treatments where there was no profit to be made. This results in unnecessary human suffering and death on a mass scale, with consequent immense social and economic costs.

That’s where the bill comes in. The bill’s objectives are to establish one or more research hospitals where medical innovation can take place, especially with regard to the treatment and cure of cancer. The bill would also legalize the medical, industrial and commercial use of dagga in South Africa in accordance with emerging world standards. The bill creates a dispensation that would only permit doctors in research hospitals that are authorized by the Minister of Health to prescribe and administer cannabis based medicine to South African patients.

Cannabis as a treatment for cancer has been well documented in the scientific community and the world is catching on; every day there are more and more cannabis and cancer success stories surfacing online. Last year Ambrosini publically stated that he was pursuing an alternative treatment to his cancer, and he had been doing so for a while. “At this point, I shall not speak or vouch for such a treatment, nor discredit it. My death or survival will do so”.

We certainly do live in interesting times.

The bill is available to view here, and the public is invited to comment. Please let us know what you think by leaving a comment below.

Watch the video of the bill being presented to parliament:

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298 thoughts on “South Africa Parliament Introduces Bill To Legalize Dagga

  1. […] South Africa Parliament Introduces Bill To Legalize Dagga […]

  2. Sheww he is fighting stupidty, ignorance and capitalism, good luck. Its good news though, may he open some eyes to the future.

  3. Holding thumbs. Hope he can open those closed up minds!

  4. This is a big deal! We are making progress and the future looks exciting. I know we have a long way to go but I believe we doing an amazing thing. Lets keep fighting the ignorance and help educate people on the benefits of cannabis and the applications it can have in this country!

    Join me for a 4:20 celebration 😀

  5. Fantastic news! A small step for SA, a massive step for medicine! Hope this is the motion needed to follow suit for what is happening around the world, like in the US(Colorado, Washington etc) and Uruguay.

  6. As a sufferer of Crohns Disease, an incurable Immune Disorder that affects the intestinal tract, the is a great deal of evidence that Cannabinoids also have a positive effect on many patients in the US, where Medical Marijuana is legal in many States. It has been shown to have anti TNF properties, which many of us with in the form of extremely expensive biological drugs. These drugs can cost our medical aid over R30 000.00 a time, including day hospital charges.

    It is not just Cancer that benefits, but most autoimmune diseases, such as MS, Lupus, Fibromyalgia, Crohns, Ulcerative Colitis.

    This should not be restricted to Cancer treatment, but legalised on a broader scale.

  7. This is fantastic news. I am a firm believer in the use of marijuana for medical purposes. if we are able to limit the suffering of people such as cancer patients and devote time and money to the research I believe it could do wonders for the members of our country. lets keep fighting and get rid of the negative stigmatisms associated with the product. lets stomp out ignorance and begin to inform. cant wait to show my support.

  8. It will take time for the public to lose the stigma associated to marijuana but when the proof makes the pudding the public will need to redress its views. They will also realise that as much as its been viewed as a recreation or as a gate way to more devious substances it is in reality a plant that has so many benefits that it should be illegal to have it illegal. Go Green! Save Our World.

  9. Boom shakalaka!!!! Good luck to you Mario!!

  10. So how long until we find out if his proposal is successful?

  11. Amazing!!!! When is this due to take progress. This is what the whole world needs. No more cigarettes! And more life healing essence. Bring the hemp products, hemp medicine and food.


  12. Better late than never…….let’s hope that common sense prevails and that they do so….everyone should be entitled to choose their own method of healing. Who says that Western Medicine is the last word in healing – seeing that there is more disease in the world than ever before.This plant was created just like all the others on the planet. Nature usually has all the answers – we just have to listen.

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  14. Thumbs Up!!! It is definitely a step in the right direction! If it makes you feel mentally and/or physically better, heals your body, and can be used for hundreds of other uses, it shouldn’t be illegal in the first place, on any level!

    Giving such control/power to any minister of this country is bound to cause other issues and probably more corruption; this aspect should be revised. It shouldn’t be limited to South African patients only; why not open treatment up to people from all over the world?

  15. Great news! Cannabis users should not be forced to be criminals!

  16. Finally , this is a good step into the right direction.
    I do though want to point out that DAGGA and Cannabis are 2 total separate things.

    Could the author please use correct text for the subject header.

    Dagga = The mandrax pill added to cannabis.

    Cannabis= is the plant grown and used soley on its own !!

    Lets not create confusion between the two please people are already close minded

  17. Surely medical aid companies should be cheering for this, it would save them millions each year in payouts.

  18. The negative impact of smoking cannabis on the growing adult (up to 24 years old) and brain far outweighs the medical benefits of using cannabis (in the proper medical way for the few who would benefit) not to mention further enforcing the misconception that it is not harmful to people especially teens!!!

    We already have a huge issue with young adults smoking pot!

    I am completely against this bill!!!

  19. I say legalize it to a point, but with in moderation that each person or house hold can obtain a certain amount. Thumbs up.

  20. started at 15, now well over 60, not every day & not habitual. The largest number of opposers to the legalisation of Cannabis, in my opinion, are the Alcohol related Manufacturers, who through their marketing strategies, etc.etc. probably ‘kill’, maim, injure & actually break down more relationships, than any weed smoker I know has or ever will do. I hope the ‘bill’ goes through !!!

  21. Yes I strongly believe this discovery is vital to the cure of cancer. I know it should be legalized.

  22. […] Member of Parliament, Mario GR Oriani-Ambrosini from the Inkatha Freedom Party, present the Medical Innovation Bill to South African parliament. The Medical Innovation Bill aims to legalize Cannabis in South Africa […]

  23. +to job growths, and another thing to slam tax on and make money. Wont be a bad step and it’ll help a lot of people. Thumbs up!

  24. I’ve got neuropathic problems, where it often feel pain in my one foot where there is no cause. No pain killers can touch it. While a single smoke won’t help, by virtue of it building up in my system, it reduces the intensity of the pain by at least 80% and allows me to lead a normal life. Without it I’d be a complete misery due to the intense burning. Pot has done more for me than any pharmaceutical such as Amitriptyline, Lyrica or Cymbalta could ever do.. And without the nasty side effects!

  25. The government can learn from what’s happening in the US and several other countries. It will create jobs especially if they grow industrial hemp. From the health point of view look at Rick Simpson on Facebook and watch run from the cure on YouTube. Here in Spain we can grow up to 2 plants without issues. I have used the Rick Simpson oil and it’s great.

  26. Brilliant …probably Africas most valued possesion in that war against poverty.. liberate the individual and his ability to earN…

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  28. I would love to get involved!cbd is wat we are mainky after

  29. This is really great news! It’s disappointing though that SA is moving sooo slow with regards to this, when in other countries this is old news. So quick to implement other non-progressive systems from other countries like OBE, e-tolls, etc, but not so quick when it comes to such things that save lives and actually improve the quality of life for a great many people. How does the public comment on new bills? I support this and want my voice heard.

  30. Check this CNN special investigations on weed by Dr Sanjay Gupta:

  31. Aomwthing wrong with the sound…

  32. Legalise it,we were waited for long time for this to happen…

  33. In Ameria is already legal,Obama make it legal last week

  34. Never in my life have I read more misleading and uninformed comments. Are you joking ? This combination of dagga and mandrax u are referring to is known as “nyaope”, tools. Secondly dagga and Mary Jane and blunt and grass and kush and whatever u wanna call it all are the same thing, weed! Don’t try come with what u scheme is knowledge about things u clearly are uniformed about.

  35. I will say yes to it if it is the pure stuff/why not giviing it to those who are suffering from dreaded disease.I have got a 9yr old grand/daughter that past/away in January a year ago.It is terrible to see your love one suffer like that.I will say yes to that if it go thru the rite channels ,and not a money making thing. Everything else the Drs tried doesn’t help .First they cut some of your body away,then they poison you with cemicals then they burn you with radiation/what did it help just prolong for a while.we are are still suffering from that pain of the lost of our love one.xx

  36. Ya’ll are sober and acting high… I mean really, the bill has not passed yet and already you’re fighting. SMH!

  37. Ignore distractions. Cannabis kills cancer, and politicians that keep cannabis illegal are sentencing cancer patients to death. It’s really that simple.

  38. This is long overdue !
    Legalize all use !

    The TRUTH will set us FREE
    Bill to legalise cannabis in South Africa

  39. […] to the South African Cannabis website Below the Lion, last year Member of Parliament Oriani-Ambrosini was diagnosed with stage four, inoperable lung […]

  40. It’s pretty obvious that Younus is a troll.

  41. this is wat they should have done first before the introducing the guy rights dicks wastrd

  42. This is wonderful news. People would finally get the Cannabis they need to use for symptoms or for cancer cure. Although it should be legalized for ALL to use, this is a good start.

  43. Guys. Most of the arguments reflect anger! I have empathy for this. Yet we will not swing the ignorance of the uninformed in this way. Let’s concentrate on facts. Solid research and facts reflect truth! Please, let’s refrain from anger spikes, but convey positive testimonials, facts and legitimate research here. Activism has never won an argument – only alienated! We can get this Bill passed with fact and dignity because we know that the truth about the matter supersedes the evil brainwashing and horror preconceived perceptions that has ruled the masses for centuries. The time has come to cross the final border in this matter. Let’s all be positive and help our spokes people in this matter. I would like to thank you for your passion (even in anger) but know we can use this tour de force in a positive way. Let the world see that we are in control – not out of control. This is the hour!

  44. So what if drug companies don’t make huge profits from cannabis?
    Why should they profit exclusively from patented drugs.
    Monopolies grow lazy and corrupt.
    These institutions do not actually contribute to the economy as a whole, they feed off the misery of the weakest members of our community who are most in need.
    These companies are parasite and vampires.
    Effectively treating and curing serious illness with safe effective and cheap herbal medication reduces the social and economic burden of health care.
    This means there will be more people who will not be a burden and are able to contribute creatively to the community.
    And they will have more money to spend on things other than expensive drugs which should make all the other business’ happy.
    Cheap effective medication means more healthy workers and an effective health care system.
    Turn your backs on the corrupt corporate economy.

  45. […] at every opportunity. The argument however cuts both ways as seen by the introduction of The Medical Innovation Bill in parliament yesterday. While the anti-cannabis drum beating continues with a dull rhythm, a […]

  46. Legalizing it is the natural logical step. The benefits of Cannabis FAR outweighs whatever opinion anyone has of the substance. Let alone health benefits and cancer cures etc, By legalizing this, it will automaticallbe made more available almost immediately to those who really need it. Finally maybe we can get rid of the stigma associated with Cannabis – there really was never a need for a stigma to be attached it anyway.

  47. […] of Parliament, Dr Oriani-Ambrosini, author of the Medical Innovation Bill, talks to John Robbie on talk radio 702 about how he is treating his cancer with […]

  48. It’s is great to see a bill like this being presented. Legalization would be a massive boost to our country on all levels. My hopes and prayers go with the the people trying to make it happen, your work is helping us all.

  49. Just to clarify things a bit, from what I’ve heard calling marijuana cannabis does not give it the credit it deserves. The Oxford English Dictionary records the earliest usages of cannabis meaning the plant “common hemp, Cannabis sativa” in 1548 and meaning parts of the plant “smoked, chewed, or drunk for their intoxicating or hallucinogenic properties” in 1848. I’m not keen on it being called dagga either. Soo hoping it’s legalised!

  50. YES…People must be saved,its abt time it is legalised

  51. This is great news!!

    I am an active and healthy eating 21 year old male and have been using bud regularly for the last year and a bit.

    Though I do not have cancer or any serious disease, I do unfortunately suffer from cold sores/fever blisters/HSV-1.

    Ever since a child I would get very bad breakouts at least 4-6 times a year. I had tried anything and everything to get it away or reduce the risk. Up until last year when I began using my “medicine” I have experience only one episode – Turned out to be 11 months. I also have less and shorter occurrence’s of PCS.

    My mother also suffers from chronic arthritis. She has been better off for the last 5 or so years.

    Legalize and Smoke Smart.

  52. The Bill has just been introduced. From here it must go to the Portfolio Committee on Health for comments. Then several other steps must follow, like sending it back to the NA for comment, then after comments has bean made and amendments have been made, public comment must be made on it. It must also then still go to the NCOP for approval and finally to the president for assent. It can still take a very long time. The best thing for all of those in favour of this bill, is to be present at the public comment hearings and add their voices in favour of making this bill an act.

  53. The Bill has just been introduced. From here it must go to the Portfolio Committee on Health for comments. Then several other steps must follow, like sending it back to the NA for comment, then after comments has been made and amendments have been made, public comment must be made on it. It must also then still go to the NCOP for approval and finally to the president for assent. It can still take a very long time. The best thing for all of those in favour of this bill, is to be present at the public comment hearings and add their voices in favour of making this bill an act.

  54. It is about time we do this!!! So many people can benefit from this. I wish I knew the medical advantages of cannabis 5 years ago then my Dad will be still with us.

    Puff Puff pass the bill man!!!

  55. […] South Africa Parliament Introduces Bill To Legalize Marijuana […]

  56. by legalising cannabis, it would elevate people from poverty by means of free trade of the plant without the fear of being put to jail. and another thing….. cannabis has effective benefits for people with asthma, bronchitis, certain cancers etc. the plant can be used to build houses, make clothing……just a few reasons why the plant should be legal, it all makes good sense to me, unless you are multi-national capitalist threatened by the legalisation of the plant.

  57. Why does a populace wait for the approval of government to do what they know to be right. Especially when so many people are already smoking, growing and distributing marijuana on a global scale.
    Let’s simply make government illegal. I don’t remember agreeing to any of this nonsense in the first place.
    Death to bureaucracy!

  58. This is nothing but the truth, and yet still, even though it is one step closer to such a powerful and toxic free medicinal tool, with not only the ability to provide healthy and noticeable recovery with all forms of cancer, but seems to make a huge impact with just about EVERY ailment and disease we face today, Without the “May Cause Death” side effect… And yet, we will have then JUST started to open the treasure chest of abilities this plant carries with it, such as all the other applications that can be applied to it SUCH AS…

    PLASTICS (non toxic, bio degradable)

    FUEL (clean and friendly emissions, that can be MADE IN SA, providing jobs and self sustainability due to our climate and land that is perfect for growing such a well adaptable plant that can grow 2 & a halve times higher than a human being, and within 2cm of one another… ITS A CAR BY THE WAY! Yeah, a car, made from hemp, enjoy)

    HOUSING! (Hemp can provide healthy and fire proof housing that have the natural capability to store warmth during the night, and provide cool air during the day, made from? Hemp fibres and lime..DONE! Apparently someone said housing has been an issue…so just incase a certain president and party feel as if they haven’t lived up to their promise, I thought I would throw that one in there, don’t believe me, Google it, we have an example in Cape Town)

    CLOTHING & FIBRES (Extremely durable, breathable, and healthy fibres… THAT, just to throw in another sexy piece of info on this plant, it seems to give back to the soil quality by using very little nutrient from the soil to grow, and in process, stabilises the soil)

    SEEDS (Did you know that hemp seeds were used in most parts of the world as a form of food and provided the essentials to survive through times of drought and famine *notice here the plant that still grew in these times… Surprise! Hemp)

    PAPER (Im not sure if anyone noticed the hundreds of acres of beautiful paper company trees, waiting like cattle to the slaughter, to produce… well, let me put it this way, how much paper do you use/see/touch/throw away/buy/inadvertently pay for/export etc in just a year? And how long do you think a tree takes to grow? And how much paper does one tree give? Seems like hemp would be a no brainer, BUT *insert BS paper company rebuttal here, and accept 1930’s information as truth, spoon feed with a Green tag for the “caring” masses)

    and Recreational… *Sies man! Dagga Rooker! …Why? Because the news told you its bad? Because Im not drinking alcohol or smoking a cigarette, so somehow I’m a criminal? ITS FANTASTIC! Why are people so threatened by the presence of a joint, it’s less toxic than both alcohol and cigaret’s, and yet people scatter when someone wants to circle up & celebrate his recreational herb, and the people that DO stay, well, they SHARE! Cannabis smokers and even the people who don’t use but accept the culture have to be some of the most understanding and humble people I have met, much less violent and less dumbed down than most alcohol user tend to be, there will always be a middle ground, and just as there are the people that use alcohol and enjoy it responsibly, and the ones who abuse and overdo, the same goes with cannabis, there will always be a responsible limit, but for a drug in such a low toxicity and harm range, surely it deserves legal and social revue, and a new acceptance as a part of everyday life. If you don’t believe me, try staying when that joint comes out, because when you enter the circle, where everyone is friendly, relax and enjoy, your in for a treat 🙂

    I feel a bit stupid having to wright this, it seems like all the information is out there but there never seems to be a moment in our life’s where we have the “time” to really reflect on what our appetite has become, we use our most primitive sources of energy, thats chilled, we are still learning, BUT, We do it, in the most unresponsible way, and We? are the more evolved species! We use poisonous and dangerous resources such as plutonium, oil, nuclear power etc, and end up with disasters such as in Chernobyl and Fukushima..killing and poisoning not only us, but the ocean we rely on and the air we breathe, And Now, They want to build more… WHO?? Did you say you wanted more? Did I? I really don’t think we agreed on anything, fluoride in the water, food AND pharmaceuticals? Missed that meet n greet, GMO Corn produced and sold IN and around South Africa that is in nearly every food product? Fed to the masses without any human testing or the fact that they DID test it, On rats.. That died… I could go on and on, but it seems that most people can only take a bit of the truth of how the world really works in one sitting, and trust me, thats no one’s fault, its exactly how they’ve wanted you… This is not a lash at society as a way to call us stupid, I’m not saying that, we are amazing beings.. but ignorance, is NOT an option anymore.. love you all

  59. while it would be cool to be a non harassed pot head the dodgy government keeps making promises about jobs while allowing their comrades from the far east to flood our markets with cheap kak clothes and put some hard working folks in cape town out of their jobs legalizing this would provide a lot of jobs in pot tourism potential jobs in a bio fuel industry and give those poor folks in cape town their jobs back in a hemp textile manufacturing and clothing and the old stand by rope its the best kind

  60. It’s a good start in normalizing a natural substance, for which our brains have receptors, that has been demonized for so long. We wait with bated breath for a positive outcome.

  61. South Africa should congratulate Mr Mario Oriani Ambrosini for having the courage to discuss this issue in the South African Parliament. There are many countries that have already adopted the legalisation of Medical Cannabis including the USA, Czech Republic, Israel, Canada and Spain. Hopefully the South African Government are open minded enough to implement the correct policy and systems to make the correct trains of Medical Cannabis available to the patients.
    Gary Pillemer
    Toronto Canada

  62. South Africa should congratulate Mr Mario Oriani Ambrosini for having the courage to discuss this issue in parliament. Many countries have legalised medical cannabis including the USA, Canada, Israel , Czech Republic, Spain and Portugal just to mention a few. Hopefully the South African Government will adopt a new policy to make the correct strains of medical cannabis available to the patients that desperately need it for many different diseases and ailments.

  63. […] Below the Lion: South Africa Parliament Introduces Bill To Legalize Dagga. […]

  64. Younis “BEHAVE” yourself!!!!

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  66. Hi Guys

    Well I am not as educated as most of you are, but I certainly have some hands on experience about “dagga” or Cannabis as most of the educated call it.

    I grew up in a suburb called Parkwood Estate where a delinquent subculture rules.
    Every second street sells”dagga”, and one out of 10 smokes it.
    Smoking dagga is way of life where I grew up.

    I started smoking “dagga’ when I was sixteen years old and it ruined my life.
    I dropped out of school and started stealing to get money to buy dagga.
    Smoking dagga was but a gateway for me to experiment all other kinds of drugs.
    When I was under the influence “dagga” I was constantly hallucinating.

    The “Giants” in our society uses that drug as a money making business.
    Sometimes I wounder how It is possible for the government not to know who is the Principal criminal behind this huge empire.


    If the plant has medicinal values that would benefit my children growing up today and all its positive components can be extracted and all its negative components can be removed I think this should be done.

    I vote yes.

  67. Rasta Lives…
    Give Thanks to the most High…,

  68. I am all for legalising cannabis and feel strongly that there would be more good to it than there would be bad. Alcohol is way worse in many factors than cannabis ever will be and alcohol is perfectly legal.
    A definite thumbs up YES from me.

  69. My son (24 year old) has stage 3 Non Hodgkin Lymphoma T sell cancer and is now for 2 weeks on cannabis oil. If this is successful and legalized might he be the first proof that cannabis oil can put you back in remission. He did chemo for 6 months which made him very sick and was only in remission for 3 months before the cancer came back.

  70. My 24 year old son has Non Hodgkin lymphoma t cell stage 3 cancer. He took chemo for 6 months, was in remission for 3 months till we learned that the cancer came back. He is now 2 weeks on cannabis oil. If this is legalized might he be the first proof that this really work

  71. Watch a dvd called Run from the Cure: The Rick Simpson story, this genius at Phoenix Tears has created hemp oil to use when he had cancer and cured himself, he has subsequently healed many other people with cancer and other ailments with his hash oil. He has a wealth of knowledge, check him out!

    Please LEGALIZE for medical use 🙂

  72. […] South Africa Parliament Introduces Bill To Legalize Dagga […]

  73. alcohol n ciggarettes r all legal n both these things r legal! N thy kill instead of curring while cannibus is a cure for cancer n it must b illegal coz the government wont profit 4rm it? Daphuq is up?? Mr mario thanks 4d bill

  74. Weed is a drug. It can and will be misused like it already is. Legalizing it will only cause the rapid increase of the falling of society. If you have cancer try a vegan diet. Stop your wicked ways. Turn to Jesus. Ask for forgiveness. We are all suffering the consequenses of our own actions and unfortuanetly our neigbours aswell.

  75. legalise marijuana please it have medical benefits compared to tobacco and alcohol

  76. […] – Rastafaris Kultur und Lebensweise kennen lernen; aufgerufen am 25. 02. 2014 [↩] – South Africa Parliament Introduces Bill to Legalize Dagga; aufgerufen am 25. 02. 2014 [↩] […]

  77. […] – Rastafaris Kultur und Lebensweise kennen lernen; aufgerufen am 25. 02. 2014 [↩] – South Africa Parliament Introduces Bill to Legalize Dagga; aufgerufen am 25. 02. 2014 [↩] […]

  78. Weed has many medical and economical/industrial uses and unlike cigs or alch hasn’t killed anyone. Many people misunderstand what a “Pot” smoker is assuming that they are criminals (which we were forced to be for smoking a plant.) , and just like everything on this money ruled planet can be abused. Someone can abuse weed and smoke far too much and will either eat everything he/she can get their hands on, or fall asleep on the spot (but will NOT die which has been proven in many studies). where as MANY people use pharmaceutical drugs to commit suicide or to try kill other people. considering the amount of money we can save via uses like hemp paper/cloths/rope/fuel or save lives of people with cancer that are selling everything they own to be poisoned to death(chemo) or patients in excruciating pain begging to be killed (i was in hospital next to a person begging me to kill them – where i could guarantee weed would relieve atleast a bit of pain that other poisons called drugs wouldn’t)

    Also all the stoners already celebrating please take into consideration, you will now be taxed and charged insane rates for weed… unfortunately.

    Please realize the benefits, realize and legalize!

  79. Good news about Marinjuana i’m just wandering what’s taking so long about Legalizing Marinjuana because Marinjuana is not something that has Drugs on it’s just a Grown Plant that any one can use just to Calm herself Legalize Weed standing for (East Rand ) Katlehong we are not going to vote as weed smokers untill they Legalize Marinjuana any other Votes.

  80. I support The Medical Innovation Bill.

    It’s about providing relief for people who are really suffering.

    The additional revenue is just a plus.

    What would you tell someone who says their 10 year old son has an inoperable brain tumour and is asking for Cannabis Oil to assist with his pain?

    For the love of each other, not for the love of money, stand by what is right, not what other people tell you they think is right.

    Great site, great cause, much respect. R

  81. […] of Health, responded to a call by Inkatha Freedom Party Member of Parliament Mario Ambrosini to legalise cannabis in South Africa for medicinal […]

  82. “The Medical Innovation Bill, a bill to legalize Cannabis in South Africa for medical, economic and industrial purposes, was introduced in parliament today.”

    It seems like cannabis is good for everything listed above in that quote. So WHY this silence by Government in attempting to keep it from recreational use?? Is this a Nanny State or what? Why is it okay to recreationally drink alcohol, but not cannabis which has way more benefits than booze will ever have?

  83. Legalize !

  84. Its about time we wake up to the pharmaceutical companies that are well aware of the healing properties of cannabis. They choose deliberately to ignore the facts and control the powers that be. Wake up my fellow sheep. Put these evil shepherds to sleep once and for all. They do not give a flock about your health, its your wallet .that counts

  85. Great news have been waiting for this great step ahead. Definately for it! It is the most versatile plant known to man and its illigal… it just doesn’t make sense to keep it illegal!!

  86. […] is an urgent plea from member of Parliament Dr. Mario Oriani-Ambrosini, author of the Medical Innovation Bill, a bill which aims to legalize Cannabis in South Africa for […]

  87. God seth, let the be happiness and there was Marijuana

  88. its about i’ll vote for ifp now while high son

  89. South Africans, catch a wake up. We live in a country where we are governed by a capitalist government. I’m a full time weed smoker and as much as I would love to see this bill implemented, I doubt it will ever happen.

  90. […] fails to produce the laughs… Zuma’s concluding speech with regards to Ambrosini’s Medical Innovation Bill even got the whole parliamentary congress […]

  91. First of all I would like to thank Jah Almighty for giving us this Holy herb and for making this possible/and all those who preached ligalization, late and alive and Mr Ambrosini for that courage. Now it is up to us in making sure that this bill is aproved and again that we don’t abuse this gift but utilize it. The table has turn for the Ganja farmer, keep blazing and the Love burning..!!!

  92. […] positive reaction. Mario Ambrosini, an Inkatha freedom Party Member of Parliament and author of the Medical Innovation Bill, initiated the debate in the National […]

  93. People understand marijuanna/dagga/cannabis has been growing naturally on earth before humans learn how to make fire.It has played a mayor role’s in civilization further back than record history.The oldes fond graves where concealed with tones of it.Weed has been use for food,clothes,medication,fuel and as building material.During its millenia of existence there is no evidence that proves ganja use results in death.As of 1961 the hurb has been label useless and dangerous.A result of greed,resist ideals and blind following.Hemp/cannabis (call what you like) has only been the bad guy less then 1% of its life.When it returns not if it returns maybe global warming can be figured out.

  94. As a student studying construction it is my goal to use hempcrete to create Eco-friendly buildings with minimal cost in the future. Today this can only be a dream of mine. It should be legalized alround.

  95. Legalise cannabis oil. But why can only medical doctors prescribe this when Aromatherapy Practitioner’s are qualified in alternative therapy and cannabis oil falls under this

  96. Since I had to use it,I don’t remember going to the doctor like I used to before I started using it……if it be legal sure lot will be cured from many diseases

  97. I use to have asma but now i do not have any more.

  98. A look at a USA based website where the pros and cons of the use of medically prescribed cannabis / marijuana is discussed does not according to my observation of the discussions of the people who vote against it, provide adequate proof that it is either toxic or dangerous. The advantages of the use thereof is overwelming. I vote a big YES for the legalising of cannabis/ marijuana for medical purposes.

  99. Even kings smoke it so i thnk its gud lol

  100. It’s a well known fact that cannabis users are mostly peaceful and rational people, whether it’s part of the effects of cannabis or not I don’t have the medical research to prove it but I say “LEGALISE IT” we have enough boozers and drugies running our beautiful country to the ground…

  101. i’m falling in love with mzansi allover again

  102. i say yes, this could be the start of something that could be profitable for our country, i am really interested in pursuing a career in the study and production of medical marijuana.

  103. I have been smoking for 50 odd years ! I don’t use any medication whatsoever ! I don’t wear glasses. I am almost 65 and still fit and healthy ! Brain and body still very active ! I vote to legalize weed please !!!!!!!

  104. why why can drink your alcohol so it is fair to say let ppl who wanna use cannabis use question what did weed do to you minister bcoz boost make me babbalas

  105. Legalization of marijuana woule be the greatest thing to have happenned to Africa after the coronation of His Imperial would be a new lease on life for many Africans,it would be a difining moment in the freedom of South Africa as a country and a people.saying we are free from the apartheid and all its law which still bid so far.

  106. i wonder if someone would be able to prosecute the government with an abandoned and malignant heart murder for not legalizing medical dagga, since there are people dying unnecessarily because they are being denied effective treatment.

  107. Why not legalize Cannabis? Bob Marley is the world most well known star and peacefull guy that smoked weed. Cigarette and Alcohol are the most dangerous drugs that resulted in more than beyond deaths, whereas weed has non but instead it cures diseases and make people humble, civilized and well collected. It would be stupid not to legalize Cannabis because we will smoke it either ways. Yes to weed.

  108. I don’t know how it hasn’t been legalized already when alcohol is legal. There are probably no/very few weed related deaths ever, compared to alcohol which has frightening statistics. It’s just a plant, how can something like Ritalin be prescribed to so many children across the world and be legal when they don’t even know how it works yet, but a natural plant like weed is illegal. I’ve never known anyone to become aggressive after smoking weed, while even the calmest people get into fights while drunk. Pleeease legalize weed South Africa

  109. The memembers of the government shud try smokn weed so dy knw wat we talkn abt I don’t knw how weed bcame illegal in the 1st place how can u make sumthng dat is made by god illegal and plus it has never killed any1 b4, but watever the ace is we don’t realy care coz we not going to stop smoking, if url don’t smoke weed I don’t knw wat ur are doing with ur lives

  110. I really want Mary-j to be legalized because wtf… If alcohol is legal then why not mary-j… I mean it has much worse effects on you. Please please please legalise marijuana !!!

  111. It is a good innovation espcially in these tough times. Economically marijuana could either cripple or boost or revenue but if strategies are put in place then we can rest assured for success,like legalizing it in a few portions of south africa so that persons who don’t need marijuana dnt get unecessary access to it. If the specific location is chosen then that location should be filled with business opportunities that will benefit our economy(Las Vegas Type of place)

  112. I think to be honest it can be a profitable margin for our economy. I have never seen someone smoke marijuana & so much as harm a fly. The most dangerous part of smoking marijuana in South Africa is getting caught. I’m all for legalization of marijuana. Let the cops deal with real issues & fill the prisons with real criminals. Your choice is who you choose to be & if your causing no harm then your alright with me.S2

  113. Dont critisize it

  114. It is evident that too much of anything or any substance is bad for a person’s well-being, therefore legalisation of weed is vital n neccesary to save lives. Do guns kill people or do people kill people???

  115. One of the huge issues that is not being hi lighted is the fact that legal growing of dagga will lead to hemp production.
    This will effect the huge cotton industry and upset the balance of power with all the uses of hemp that will displace other existing industries.
    South Africa has the ideal climate for hemp and dagga.
    (We also have existing dagga farmers)
    We would become the leading producer in the world.
    Fully legalising dagga will lead to many things.
    40% of prisoners in our jails are on dagga related charges because stoners are an easy bust. they put up no resistance and the cop gets a bust to their credit.
    This means less prisoners. Less state funds spent. Cops have more time to go after REAL criminals. Stoners wont have criminal records.
    People will have access to a fantastic health product.
    Maybe some people will stop drinking and be stoners. (less violence etc.)

  116. I do marijuana not drugs.before you judge me,Make sure your hands are clean

  117. I have noticed I am much happier and loving in general when smoking. It will brin South Africans together!! Hemp grows at a much faster rate than trees so we will be greener! Can be exported to the world. Its a plant… a simple plabt… How can it be illegal? Id rather be around smokers then drinkers. We will hVe so much less car accidents on the rd. Alot less cancer patients and unneccesary deaths. More jobs. More love 🙂 BRING IT ON SOUTH AFRICA!!!

  118. marijuana should be legalize in this country because it has got no negative effect but only positive one and alcohol is the one that plays with human minds but its legal and the useful drug is banned what is that

  119. Just legalize it mara! hurryyy

  120. […] contradictory debate regarding marijuana legalisation (see the videos below!). It was attended by Dr Mario Ambrosini, Dr EV Rapiti and Matthew […]

  121. If only I knew, I would have cured my dad from cancer, long ago!!!

  122. Keep it illegal. Keep big pharma and Monsanto and other GM giants away from it. We are taking good care of Ganja. What has government ever taken good care of huh? NO. Do NOT give them weed. You will kill the little growers in Swaziland and the Transkei as big farms steal their bread. Big, mechanized, pesticide riddled farms. It is not medicine if you go put a chemmy sauce all over it.

    Keep it illegal. Just tolerate the patients. Just that, a policy by police to not arrest sick people for smoking. It will suit us all.

    But please, vote against legal weed. It is a BAD idea like California and Colorado smokers are learning. Prices are better, quality is very low.

  123. I have studied the cannabis oil subject for a few years now and when my mother was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer my journey began. I first discovered The Rick Simpson oil and made some for her. I am glad to say that we cured her of her cancer and she is about to leave on her first holiday to Bali now that she is cancer free. Subsequently i have refined the oil extraction process and produce the purest extractions of high CBD non psychoactive or psychoactive oils depending on the ailment. I am currently treating a number of people with varying illnesses with great results and i am also working closely with a growing number of doctors who want to remain anonymous at present but we hope legislation will change in time. Despite the risk and the fact that i could go to jail for 25 years for trying to help people that our current system has failed does not change my conviction. I will continue to do this for people who need this oil to the best of my ability with or without the so called authority. Lets keep healing and giving people the information they need to help themselves.

  124. I like the idea that it can be prescribed as many people I know benefit from it regardless of the legality but would get very sick if locked away for it – however if it becomes something that is too commercialised it loses its naturalism and neutrality and price become compromised – any way rather a smoker than a drinker be!!!


  126. My Friend has one bad lung that looks like its 50 years older then him, he smokes this every morning to help him breath better for the day i dont know why but it works he stopped smoking for a week to see if it was making a diffrents and the first 2 days his chest was so tight he could hardly breath i know some people use this plant wrongly but its so much better and healthier then the shops or bottle stores.
    I hope they can do something to help the people out there who has to suffer every day because the to scared to be on the wrong side of the law, people lets stand together and make our voices heard!!!

  127. i don’t understand why the government and this world needs to be selfish. All they want is money and if Cannabis was legal, they would lose out on quite a bit. Even so, it should still be made legal because it helps thousands out there, even me

  128. Herb is a healing of Nations.#jahbless

  129. If you look at Amsterdam, they have legalized it except they just put certain laws on it so that it can’t be exploited. The Netherlands has made tons of money and has attracted millions of tourists to their country just to go down to Amsterdam and smoke weed. We could be putting South Africa out there as well as helping all the medicinal marijuana users.

  130. I am using it for more than 12 years it has helped me through multiple operations and I go to dr very little,ITS NATURAL and doesn’t kill anyone rape any one or is addictive

  131. We as South Africans should vote to decriminalize both Marijuana and hemp.
    We should start focusing on utilising these plans for greater use, marijuana is not just about getting high it’s a way of life, like people taking a multi-vitamin every morning.

    Hemp can be utilised for an incredible amount of industrial purposes such as Hemp creed (used as an affordable alternative to concrete housing), Hemp oil and pups as a source of vitamins, clothing (Hemp clothing is twice as fire retardant as denim) , paper (hemp consist of 83% cellulous which paper is made of against wood consisting of 36% cellulous).

    We can do so much for our country just by taking this one step!
    Low cost housing will last longer and be cheaper to build. Cancer, MS, depression, and so many other diseases can be managed even cured by the use of marijuana.

    If you want an awesome informative movie watch “What we can do if we grow” on youtube

  132. . am surviving victim of Asthma and testimony of weed now its 8yrs free from short breaths

  133. […] debate to be found in what was predominantly a poorly researched and contradictory bashing of the Medical Innovation Bill, something which the author and sourced expert knew practically nothing about yet saw fit to give […]

  134. […] debate to be found in what was predominantly a poorly researched and contradictory bashing of the Medical Innovation Bill, something which the author and sourced expert knew practically nothing about yet saw fit to give […]

  135. Good day to all. Well let’s take a look at how many people die simply becouse of ciggaretes and no one seems to be noticing that. I don’t know if its me or is our goverment blind becouse the ligalization of cannibis in south africa will boost our economy dramatically. This might be a shocker to all of you but I started smoking cannibis since I was 12 years old and have I died? No I’m here telling you the wonders its done for me. I’m even able to concentrate and think way better. For all those who think cannibis is bad I pray you find the light and actually come to an understanding that such things are gifts from God which were put here for a purpose. People are literally dieing yet the cure is right in our face its like dieing from thirst with a bottle of water in your hand. I just want the goverment to see what they doing to our people and when will it take them to come to a conclusion becouse people are still dieing out there.

  136. Yes I tottaly agree!!Breast Cancer! what about our amazing woman we have, our mothers our grandmothers our wifes and even our daughters or sisters, how many had to sit and watch helpless how they encounter all that pain and suffering and even amputation and you cant do anything about it, wouldnt it be great if you can just role that person a joint and make it all better,pack them a nice bong make some herbal tea for mommy telling them that everythings gona be allllllllright!!

  137. If marajuanna is illegal just because it’s (possibly) non-profitable, then that is greed, not law. Drugs are a problem, not this plant. It has helped many people in the past and legalising it will help many more. I too am a person who has seen positivity from this plant, I used to suffer from pains in my finger joints because I clicked them too much as a child. If even just for brief periods, marajuanna helped keeping that pains at bay.

    1. Mj is nt a drug its natural drugs are man made

  138. I say fuck thê cops weed must be legal for the future cuz Mabe ppl wil live beter be friendly and not be harmfull to others look at us the cops mst chase thiefs robberz and cat users not weed of stoners if any Cop has a prob with weed ïll say you are fucking stupid i vote weed to be legal thats why i believe in the words GOD MADE WEED and MEN MADE BEER who do you TRUST our GOD and who is wth me vote weed ppl thats our futuristiese add me on bbm if u stand wth me on my message and we will show the cops who we are dont be scared 2A69EB94 Peace ma brother and sister and live to be a stoner

  139. Well, well ,well, so far everybody is FOR legalising marijuana, many referring to personal or other beneficial experience. Why is there NO support for the ban?
    In psychiatry it is well known that cannabis, the main psychoactive substance in marijuana, IS an independent risk factor for the later development of Schizophrenia, the earliier the exposure, the higher the risk. In our public psychiatric hospital the majority of male young admissions and numerous readmissions have substances as a prediposing, precipitating and prepetuating factor in their illness. Marijuana is the commonest substance used by psychiatric patients, (apart from nicotine and alcohol), because its cheap and easy to get despite the ban. Mentally ill individuals lack the motivation, sophistication and the finances required to seek the upmarket substances like herion crack-cocaine etc and resort to marijuana. Its use also exposes them to other street drugs like Tik, mandrax and others. Co-morbidity of mental illness with substances, including marijuana, leads to more severe illness (in particular psychosis) that gets more and more difficult to treat, leading to more and longer hospitalisations.
    Patients with substance co-morbidity default their medication more often and have far worse outcomes than their counterparts that do not use substances. Lets balance the debate please, for the benefit of all.

  140. Hi Guys,

    I just wanted to add something , they don’t give a goddamn shit about the people dying from cancer! They leave alcohol and cigarettes legal so that people can die.. lower the population even though it takes years it still does its job!Not to mention they make a killing on it because they are addictive substances! I am a Ganja man all the way! I would literally give my left testicle for this self centered government to legalize weed. Only time will tell what will happen. As for now I will stay baked 25 hours a day 8 days a week! 420!!

  141. I believe my dads gastric cancer was caused by bench drinking for many years. He is stage 3 and has denied the morphine and treatments. Just like Oriani-Ambrosini my dad is now pursuing an alternative treatment to his cancer. My dad was anti cannabis but says he would not be able to live on the many drugs prescribed for his treatment. I am a user and for a very longtime, i have educated myself on the subject and i dislike uneducated users as they give it a bad image. I want the government to handle this like liquor and hand out licenses, to whomever is fit to obtain the license for whatever use may it be… prescribed by a doctor, bio fuel, building materials, clothing ect. There should be competition as this can be a expensive product. Feed the needy not the greedy.

  142. Hi there,

    I am 52 years old and have had Type II diabetes for 10 years. The first SIDE EFFECTS of my Diabetes only manifested this year in the form of Distal Neoropathy which is the burns and pain in the feet and legs. It is influencing my sleep drastically.

    I have the option of living on Voltaren, Brufen and Painpills but that comes with its own set of problems especially in the long term.

    I see many studies on the internet that show that it helps to use Cannabis derived medical products such as SATIVEX. It is not legal in SA yet and works out to about R129 per day which I cannot afford.

    It has been suggested to me to smoke a good quality weed and only one or two puffs at night before I go to bed.

    Having always been very anti drugs of any type and believing that it is a stepping stone drug for youngsters I am now faced with the dilemma of having to start smoking illegally in order to solve a medical problem. This at the age of 53 in two days.


    Maybe it is time for a mind shift.

    Now for my questions.

    (1) Is there any one here that has smoked to alleviate the problems of Diabetic Distal Neoropathy.
    (2) What amount do you smoke in a session and when i.e. evenings etc.
    (3) How much does it KNOCK you? I run my own company and cannot run around on trip the whole day.


  143. […] recently made local and international headlines with the submission to parliament of his Medical Innovation Bill to allow for progress in the fields of cancer and other terminal illness treatments, particularly […]

  144. The demand for Weed is too great to ignore, if they legalize it will be better. America is losing the War on Drugs. The Drug War is not a war any Country can actually win. No matter how much money they throw at fighting the War on Drugs. The demand is too great firstly and secondly, people are going to what they want. It’s called freedom of choice. Especially if it’s something enjoyable / recreational and also proven to help medicinally. At least if weed is legal it’s a step towards less money wasted on the War on drugs and no imprisonment of people that’s caught smoking a plant which has never caused a single death in it’s existence. If anything the Country can profit from Legalization instead of losing money fighting a war that can’t be actually be won. Then there are proven studies which many ignore or disbelieve that it can help with serious illnesses such as Cancer and many other illnesses. Sell it as a country , don’t arrest people for using something that is going to be used by the masses one way or another.

  145. say yes to weed due to the fact of full benefit like economically ,medical and industral purposes less mortality rate ,less likely to consult profesional doctors for emergency treatment or unforeinseen cercumstances

  146. Does any know wat rights I have as a citizen to grow my own?? Not for any DISTRIBUTION just for use on the farm for all my animals ( over 50) to help with arthritis, sore joints, calming, and specially my horses because it works so well for horse sickness…
    This is strictly personal use ! Any advice??

  147. Hi All

    I have read all your comments such innocent comments and ugly ones. Mine is this: There is the Greatest God who created everything in Heaven and on Earth. He saw everything was good. So whatever is legal or illegal is up to you. He set before you life and death but for His choice you can choose life and not death. Everything was well said for Marijuana. If there is anyone who or want to use it to heal sicknesses and diseases to those who can’t exercise the word of God must go ahead and use legal marijuana. I am standing on God’s word when He promised that He finished everything on the cross. When He said, “Surely I have borne your griefs and carried your sorrows yet you esteemed Me; stricken, smeathen by God and afflicted; but I was wounded for your transgressions, bruised for your iniquities; chastisement of your peace was upon Me and by My stripes you were healed. This is how Christians should live according to the word of God. I don’t say don’t use marijuana for healing but I say to those who can’t exercise their faith. Remember when God told Ezekiel to go and pull some of the fig leaves and place under his armpit where he had boils. My statement here God created that tree and He never asked Ezekiel to use it and mixed it with drugged medicines. That was a raw medicine to heal Ezekiel. If this is an issue for almost of the people against cigarettes, cocaine, alcoholic, and all sort of drugs then I join the crew in agreement to use it as it is. Some of them had recommended it on their differ of sicknesses and diseases such as cancer, trauma, asthma, Arthritis etc.

    Thank you for your enthusiasm

  148. As For economical growth. i think it will boost SA’s Economy because of people like me who have studied the plant and have entrepreneurial qualities.From A single plant about 1.5m you can produce 4-5 different products all containing THC. If Anyone is willing to invest in me will make a pretty good profit…

  149. Legalization of medical marijuana will benefit a our society a lot , economically and in terms of health.

  150. As a varsity student studying with a student loan,I believe…legalising cannibas would be very effecient because maybe it could contribute to paying off our debts because I don’4 believe that students should be paying off debts for theor studies post studying. It’s unfair an rather frustrating. Many countries have tertiary students studying for free and yet we are still on this system. This legalization of cannibas will contribute a lot to the country’s economy.

  151. […] the passing away of Mario Ambrosini last month, the Medical Innovation Bill lapsed in parliament due the rules of the National Assembly stipulating the a Bill cannot proceed […]

  152. They worried that Marijuanna will be a gateway drug to more harder drugs, ok fair, but lets look at this;

    If there is 20 000 people smoking marijuanna, why isnt there 20 000 cocaine or herion users as well?

  153. Legalize cannibis, it’s cancer and other medicinal uses are widely documented and if people want to smoke it, let them. It’s probably less harmful than alchohol.

  154. smoking weed “might” lead to lung problems,they say,but either from that it is no different to tobacco in regards with long term dangers,and thats a huge “might”.But for marijuana it doesnt stop there,it helps and might cure one of the huge pandemics we are dealing with(cancer) but tobacco is legal and weed is not.Please legalize weed and lets have some have and help people in the process

  155. I have been smoking Dagga since the age of 7 knowing the treatment to cancer and plenty of other diseases it has a cure to. I do not like much of politics but I can assure you being the age of 25 today it is harmless and does treat cancer positively as I am a Heavy tobacco smoker… There are traces to the cure for perthies a known chronic disease with for the reason I started smoking at such a young age in my life and thank God I have my bones in my body stronger than ever….. as well as better eye sight, due to better blood circulation through your eyes… Also helps with cholesterol, high blood pressure and low blood pressure… I’m still walking and still going strong. Just waiting for the legalization so that I may grow some for Doctors who would like to prescribe for their patients. As I am not going to charge money for something that the people do need desperately seeing most people are dying younger each and every day.

  156. There is a lot of drugs in the world and all of them do harm the human body and disables a person to interact with a society, but if that is a valid argument too keep weed not ti be legalized then it is fine but then actions needs too be taken to illegalize other drugs that do more harm than dagga. The best candidate is alcohol and who needs to say more in my opinion dagga does less damage in short term use(+/-1 year) than what a similar dosage of alcohol would do not only to the body and mind but to the lives of the people they interact with.

  157. If the government wishes to legalise Medical Marijuana they should also legalise the commercial use of it, even though cancer patients will be prescribed the medication, society will also take advantage of that it’s better if you are charged to grow the weed n you are taxed to distribute and sell then put laws on the use of weed just like alcohol. This way the government will benefit on tax money from the distribution and tax on being able to grow it yourself that way it can be controlled and monitored

  158. well here in durban where i am from i smoke weed legal i neva had any sickness i had an inflamed ear drum smoked the weed and i am fine also in the process prey to god tat i gt well

  159. Hi,
    The legalization of marijuana is not only benificial to the user. In all honesty i think it might even be more benificial for the goverment. This is low cost good income for the country. These are the types of areas where double taxing is no problem whatsoever to the buyer. This is a natural plant that has saved lives. I have seen millions of rands being spent on special treatment with no substantial income. How is this then still under debate ? The cost for a small starting opperation to legalize marijuana will not come close to money being spent to try and upgrade treatment given to patients with an unsuccessfull outcome. Its a pain reliever, how can anyone be told they can get jail time for something thats making the remainder of their precious lives better and pain-free ? I think its time that logic takes over and research be done fully. Not only will this keep marajuana smugglers out of the country but will also benifit the country financially. If 1 person battling cancers life can even just slightly be improved by marajuana then theres no reason to argue the fact. Because never has it been recorded that marajuane has worsened any illness. Through all that i have read about this plant i havent picked up one death in history caused by marajuana. To me that means a can of coka-cola is more dangerous.

  160. The sad truth is that the legalisation of marijwana has such a large positive that it intensely out ways the cons with are all socially related. Legal hemp production would give South Africa the the ability to not just cause cancer but assist in developing the countrys economy refer to “the emperor wear no cloths” this book is an extensive wealth of information on this subject. those who criticis the legalisation often have no background information or have done no research on the subject. The proof of valid medical uses have been studied for many years and is factually based Rick Simons refer to “Run from the cure” give it away in Canada to people who were told there was no hope, we have living testimonies it curing cancer. I have been to Amsterdam and the tolerant attitude gives the place such a relaxing atmosphere as South Africans we should pursue the legalisation not just would it help us but also air neighbouring countries if the us a good model for hemp production as a source of income and not just for getting high and fists the attitude then your ignorant that’s just the truth of the matter. hemp can be used for the production of fiber, heath foods, oil, compressed wood, paper, oh did I mention bio fuels. The fact that a plant that is indigenous to the country is illegal. . . really now who gets that rite we are outlawing the growing of a plant not production so clearly there are outside forces preventing this from happening the global impact would inevitably shift so much power to Africa my personal opinion is that the western world would prefer to see us struggle and sell us drugs (pharmaceuticals) instead of us growing ad selling our own which ironically is af native plant not drug. its a crime for this plant to be seen as a drug.

  161. ATTENTION ALL HATERS : Smoking Marijuana DOESN’T make me a BAD person, just like going to church DOESN’T make u a GOOD person.

  162. After reading a lot of the comments I think people still think too shallow about this topic, the legalization of cannabis will not only impact our farming/selling oppertunities but other oppertunities as well like nature conservationists to do EIA’s and regulate the impacts and effects of cannabis growing in farm lands, the job oppertunities for this legalization bill is absolutely enormous!

    Cannabis according to the american health association increases lung capacity in adults when a certain amount is smoked each day, not to mention the inhibiting effect it has on cancer cells, it can be used for uncontrollable seizures like epilepsie and even more psychological treatments like stress. This plant is truly a miracle plant and can bring in so much money for our country! South Africa has great soil and areas to grow this cannabaceae spp. The transkei is known by many for the great cannabis they produce already even when it is illegal, exporting those strains means money! ^_^
    Legalize and get it over with! Not like the “illegal” status is working at the moment anyway

  163. Hi. I have been arrested for possession of Marijuana. I have been called a criminal for such an act. Thousands of people are living in fear and going through unnecessary trouble. Such an act can cause a person to have a criminal record on his/her name. This reduces many opportunities such as employment, traveling, etc… This may be increasing the unemployment rate in S.A. A huge amount of money and resources is being utilized to imprison innocent people. These funds can be used to catch real criminals. We need to get our voices out there and it should be recognized! 100% legalize the plant! Thank you.

  164. Cannabis should be legalized in South Africa for usage. The stigma that surrounds marijuana in society is portrayed by media I have to say. They always associate the herb with gangsters, violence, smuggling and raids but never will they ever broadcast the exhaustive list of the benefits of the usage of marijuana.

    The research has being scientifically proven and well documented. It would be a shame that society will continually be deprived from a free access of cannabis. The Department of Health should educate the communities about the real advantages of a controlled usage of marijuana and don’t get me wrong the abuse of any substance is not good even coffee, headache and sleeping tablets. But I must say that no case has ever been reported of someone actually dying from an overdose. The only side effect is that marijuana can demotivate you from doing activities that do not bring you joy or happiness because it taps into a high level of conscientiousness…
    Nevertheless the legalization of the usage of the plant will help government and save them tons money they spend on medicines that marijuana simply treats. It’s amazing how 1 plant can treat and also help prevent so many sicknesses or chemical imbalances. Its natures way for providing a remedy that is easily accessible to every one at no significant cost or any cost at all.

  165. as I approach my 60th birthday I want to say that I have been a user (almost daily)since the age of 14>I challenge anyone so show me harmful effects of zoll,- criminals who blame zoll for crimes are seeking a way out ie it wasn’t me , iwas smoking dagga- what they don’t say is they were drinking OR SMOKING CRACK OR smoking mandrax or that new shit myope. so zoll gets a bad rep, all I want is to be able to grow a little plant that I can cultivate for personal use . another point that needs to be raised is the fact that crack herion meth and cocaine are now freely available on just about every street corner in south Africa thanks to a useless government that cant control themselves never mind the borders of our country. if the wife of the Intelligence minister can import cocaine from south America and get away with it surely we should be free to smoke a zoll. please wether you smoke eat or drink the herb write to your local MP supporting the decrimilizing of the herb.for all the Christians and do-gooders out there I draw your attention to Ezekial 34 v29 to 30(KJV) Jah live. Rasta Fari Roll o9n the day of true freedom > Free to choose I will smoke till I go to my grave.

  166. So I have a few questions? 1st where does Oxygen come from? Why must we have less air too breath how is this fair? To anyone dont u need Oxygen? To live? ??????? Food water and air right? ?Or am I the only person with a brain ! Yoh we going too leave them

  167. i will keep on smoking on my way to zion

  168. Our government does not really care about what health issues people have they only care about money thats what makes their world go round thats why there is so much corruption, the only way they would legalize it is if they can make some money out of it so If someone can make them realize that if they legalize it they can tax it and make money maybe then they would consider legalizing it

  169. Hubby started using cannabis oil to cure his cancer. Stopped taking the 20 odd tablets that was prescribed for him daily. Wow he is looking good and doing great. Will never stop using no matter what. PLEASE LEGALISE THIS WONDERFUL PLANT. given to us by God to cure all ailments

  170. Pharmaceuticals company’s make a literal killing off the illegalness of marijuana ,due to it having the potential of curing so many illnesses with such few side effects ,as it can be grown in your backyard. These pharmaceutical company’s work hand in hand with the government and therefore see it as a huge threat to there industry but at the end of the day life is worth more than wealth. Legalisation will stimulate both econmic growth and put South Africa on a path of development. I vote pride over prejudice !!!

  171. Pharmaceutical company’s see it as a threat, due to it having the potential of curing so many illnesses with such few side effects ,as it can be grown in your backyard. These pharmaceutical company’s work hand in hand with the government and therefore see it as a huge threat to there industry but at the end of the day life is worth more than wealth. Legalisation will not only stimulate econmic growth but will save thousands of lives. I vote pride over prejudice!!!

  172. I’m all for it let’s light up the world with good vibes 🙂


  174. What about ALL the people who do NOT have medical aid or access to doctors i.e. “the poor”. Do we just go home and die when we are capable of growing our own medicine and treating ourselves? This is NOT an equitable Bill and is geared to pharmaceutical monopoly. I propose that Cannabis be removed from this Bill and legalised and regulated as per tobacco and alcohol. No mess, no fuss. Then we can just get on with it and nobody need die from cancer or suffer the hundreds of ailments Cannabis treats – minimal beneficiation required

  175. i can’t believe that government wants 2 make profit from a herb, n how companies can patent a seed n plant that comes from nature, i don’t get that people buy in2 everything just 4 the sake of money. i use weed coz my 4fathers used it b4 it became “illegal”. how sum1 can buy medical weed from a pharmacy is beyond me.. it doesn’t make sense or wait in the name of profit/money it’s all gud!

  176. Do you really think the MIB is the correct route to take in uplifting this country at all levels?

  177. I’m a huge Polycystic ovarian syndrome suffer and if dagga was legal I won’t have to suffer with the pains in my shomach daily. The medical costs of my medication is to high over 4000.00 plus a docters fees I feel nausea vomiting lost of appetite. I feel miserable. I can feel these cystic in my shomach. Where as a herb like dagga/cannibis could help me. Live a normal pain free life. If the president ZUMA was to legalise dagga he would save another life!!!!! We lost a good man Marco thru lung cancer!!!! ZUMA help me with my PCOS problem I could live a normal life

  178. What is happing with the weed in South Africa?

  179. legalise it is all i actually want to say, because i am a smoker of fine marijuana and would like to grow it legally not only for my own purpose but for some of the elderly that needs to use it because medication doesnt help them sleep better at night, but also i want to grow it for my medical treatment aswell. dont hesitate, legalise

  180. Hi I could not sleep before 12-1am every day for years till I was introduced to the marijuana and all it took was two puffs every night for few months and now years later I sleep like a champion sometime at the latest 9pm,since then I changed my perspective over the plant,and at the end of the day its not processed and addictive like tobacco which is crazy expensive. now I smoke maybe once every six months with friends for fun,and I enjoy every bit of it.

  181. My daughter is 10 years old, they just informed me that they are unable to assist her anymore since the cancer has spread. As a parent I will do anything in my power to help her and manage her pain, but one of the things I need now is cannabis oil. It is illegal and therefore I am expected to watch my daughter suffer……… this to me is unacceptable.

  182. All views and opinion of marijuana are pointless. The basic fact of the matter is 70% Of south Africans smoke weed and if anyone actually does the effort to find out the truth about it, and not believe the lies that your parents and teachers told you you will know that it’s less damaging than beer. If marijuana was legalised I’m south Africa it would pull south Africa’s economy out of the toilet and create millions of jobs, farming,packaging, sales even the small business market will get a boost, before you say no. Look at what this simple change has done in America”the best Country in the world”

  183. I am a 31 year old male and I have been using MJ for almost 6 months now and I am kicking myself for being so stereotyped for all my adult life! I used to suffer from severe mood swings, but when I have my MJ tea I am focussed, calm and I finish projects thats I start. I know I sound like an informercial, but there is a reason God created this plant, now who are we to criminalize a plant that grows naturally? I no longer have drinking urges, even when my mates are having their single malts around me. MJ hasn’t made my personal issues dissappear, but at least I can tackle my problems head on with a level head and not run to the bottle each time I hit an obstacle on my path. This plant should at the very least be decriminalised.

  184. By the way, I work in the engineering field where one needs creativity, intelligence and tenacity to make it. MJ does not hinder any of the above. So all those stories about weed makes one lazy or stupid are seriously a bunch of old wives tales.

  185. So many people are stranded in jail (with rapists, murderers, drug addicts who give a bad name to cannibis etc) for a plant that heals, made by nature. Chemical drugs have killed more people than this plant, so shouldn’t you be arresting chemical corporations. Bayer pharmaceuticals was a creator of Heroine, but still it thrives on sick people’s money. Alcohol has destroyed more lives, go into any government hospital and see the alcoholic mothers babies, etc. People getting circumcition in the bush have a higher death rate & its legal because why its part of culture, so I ask where is my culture gone too if i’m a Christian. I’m not trying to make you one so just back off atheistic religion groups. I’m just trying to support my religion like you are trying to support your atheistic religion, want to see what it has become check the link –

    Quote from a bible to support my religion and culture – Genesis 1:29-31 And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food. And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so. And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.

    Heres another: Genesis 1:12 The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.

    So plainly the government is not respecting my religion and culture, so why should I respect and support this government that lies, betrays, corrupts and whole lot more injustice and gets away with it. Shouldn’t we the public raise our voice and make them see the true governance over public best interests lies not within a corporate government manipulation, but within the general public.

    This is my own story of how this plant (Cannibis) has helped me, you’re welcome to read. It has helped me get off alcohol and cigarettes (chain smoker and heavy drinker; what an income loss for these companies, yay!). This plant cannibis has helped made my lungs stronger to cope with chronic asthma where i don’t need pharmaceutical drugs like Ventalin or Symbichord. Cannibis has given me motivation to stay fit. Best blessings to any person belonging to any culture supporting this movement of truth. If you’re not start to get some brain cells because all the facts are in medical journals to support the healing properties of this magnificent plant.

    P.s this could be the solution to cheap affordable houses for everyone in this country and maybe the President could have an Nkandla hemp house. Millions of Rands saved for better healthcare, think about it.

  186. Hi there… Marijuana!! So much to say say on it. Illegal by law yes, illegal by medical study..No! As a smoker and a recent one that is, going on my first birthday.. My experience with Mary has been a constructive one…
    All this addiction that people are talking about is not an addiction of need and more an addiction of wanting to smoke or consume, I’ve gone without smoking for weeks and I have not gone crazy, but when the time comes I savor it and appreciate the moment as i appreciate every time I have a puff

    Besides the primary factor of legalizing marijuana for medical purposes.(beneficial that is).
    Marijuana grown in its natural clean state is less detrimental than a cigarette and the satisfactory benefits are sufficient… meaning, that the urge to have a cigarette is curbed, the urge to have a drink is curbed and the combination of those two are more detrimental than marijuana as there are medical facts and tests to prove this..

    As far as marijuana is seen as a criminal offence, this should not be the case unless the user or grower makes it a laced weed, anything other than the natural plant itself. We are asking that for recreational use be allowed with in our home or property, being that grown or consumed… and not in the streets(safety)

    Yes, there are “side-effects” if one could call it “side-effects” that I do agree upon that research has proven and that I’ve experienced, such as short term memory absence(one minute you’re having a full on convo and the next its as though I’ve frozen… nothing that I have permanently forgotten) all my bolts are still in tact.

    Another, the couch lock, not as if Ill be there forever!!

    Munchies not much to say there… clue? munch munch munch that is.(appetite increase)

    To the law of South Africa, this a plee that the legalisation of marijuana be looked at… and if you’re still skeptical about this topic, do a bit of research and the good type of research too… or research of your own, they say first-hand experience is the best. 😉

    These are only a few views of my experience and research
    I hope that my message will be heard

    This is South Africa… We all have a voice and hopefully the choice

    …Proudly South African…

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  189. The problem is, should this be decriminalised, then there will be success stories around which is a good turn of things but also on a flip-side will be bad for some pharmaceuatical companies that develops drugs which doesn’t really help our countries in scaling down illnesses. Any plant that has got a seed was given to man to utilise it for his life. Yet remember there are people who have interest or take pleasure in wiping out the entire humanity and they are can do this effortlessley by getting people taking their panados and so forth. Truth is, this plant is good for health and even if the governments cannot legalise it, it remain a God-given plant and is unstoppable. This now in the hands of those who have a heart of saving humanity and their countries. A good father look after his family and his household, protects and their well-being is highly important…..

  190. I agree, God gave plants and herbs for medicine. It must be used to save lives not destroy it. Everything that is meant to heal has a dosage and method of consumption or application for benefit. This is a national matter of saving lives not destroying it. Neither should the pharmaceutical industry try to turn this into a money making scam or should I say drug with side effects only to make another drug to counteract that side effect and continue the vicious cycle of killing people slowly and legally, whilst making huge profits.

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  192. marijuana is the best thing man can use to treat cancer, you can also use hep ( family of the marijuana plant) to make clothing, clothing better than cotton and softer than silk. despite the fact that it is illegal, so many people take this “drug”. this is a plant given to us by nature, we should use this opportunity to improve society. marijuana will bring in so much money from exports and from people buying from over the age of 18. drinking and smoking is not really the best way to go, but it is a source of income. marijuana does not have a single report of violence after consumption… so why is it still illegal.

  193. Seriously!!!!Mary Jane is a plant and is completely natural. I don’t understand why alcohol and cigarettes is legal when it is causing so many deaths.Why does countries make nature illegal????MJ is proven to yield amazing medicinal values.People should really have their own opinions instead of listening to what society has to say!!!! It is and forever will be one of the safest substances there is.MJ could also really help S.A. to get of the ditch we are stuck in as it could really boost the economy .Another thing is that some states in the USA legalised weed and they are first world!!!I wonder why is that!#legalize weed*

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  195. I’m 47 this year, been smoking weed for 33 years. I studied industrial engineering after school. I’ve been self employed all my life.I use weed to relax, generate new business ideas as well as sleep. I grow my own these days. Been caught 4 times in my life. I am a criminal cos I us what God gave us. Can’t wait for these new laws, I want to be able to relax in peace and not worry about when are they coming to lock me up again

  196. Hemp was band because mj was. This is crazy hemp is an incredible plant. A high fiber content that could be used in the clothing industry and other places. An annual crop that would be no where near as damaging to our water and soil ecosystems as pine, wattle and gum is with a faster return. A opportunity for small scale and rural farmers!
    The medicinal properties are unique and yet it currently can’t even be researched properly. This is silly and its already been proven in other countries that it can be legal. Come on South Africa lets show the world we can be forward thinking stand on our own feet and be forward thinking instead of follow the masses! Because we care our people and enviroment.Look after our people because we care

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  198. I gave weed to a psych patient and was dismissed from work after I confessed. I was a Clerk in a public hospital and I’m also a certified traditional healer. I was about 5 years old in 1989 when I witnessed an old man who was a tradiotional healer healing psych patients by burning the weed like incense underneath a blanket and they would be healed in an instant after inhaling the smoke he would then give some to use at home for chewing and drinking.

  199. I am a stage 4 cancer survivor! and yes I’ve been using this instead of morphine & other meds. I have travelled to CA,USA where its medically available and wow the unlimited options available is mind blowing. It’s ur choice to use either, but do try it & see for yourself. I recommend it to all cancer patients and people with other illnesses.

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