The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) says it has received at least 95 applications country-wide for the cultivation of dagga for medicinal purposes.
Dagga with a street value of more than R4 million has been seized during a multi-disciplinary operation between several units of the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal over the weekend.
Gauteng police are searching for two men including a Tanzanian national after R10 million worth of dagga was found in a room rented by the pair in the Johannesburg CBD.
Inkosi Albert Luthuli in Durban denied 44 year old Paul Coetser dialysis treatment last month, because doctors claimed to have found traces of cannabis in his system. Coetser suffers from an acute Kidney condition.
Minister of Police Bheki Cele says the Constitutional Court’s dagga ruling has left police confused as it’s unclear when they should institute arrests.
The South African Institute of Race Relations says the Constitutional Court’s ruling on the use of dagga has affirmed the right of South Africans to make their own decisions.
The African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) leader Rev Kenneth Meshoe is asking Parliament to hold an urgent debate and to consult South Africans on Tuesday’s Constitutional Court decriminalising dagga for private use.
Police Minister Bheki Cele says the Constitutional Court’s decision to decriminalise the usage of dagga in private spaces won’t assist with curbing drug abuse in the country.
Several ministers including those of the Police, Health, Social Development as well as the NPA brought an application for leave to appeal this judgment in the Constitutional court.