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Top weed-smoking IT professions in South Africa

The use of marijuana is a contentious issue globally, with many politicians calling for the legalization of the drug.

Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema, who said alcohol is more dangerous than marijuana, is the latest to join the cause.

Former IFP MP Mario Oriani-Ambrosini, who died of cancer, tabled a bill in 2014 that would decriminalise the use of cannabis for medical and industrial purposes.

The use of marijuana among IT professionals is also nothing new.

In 2014, FBI director James Comey said the agency may have to relook its “no-tolerance” stance on marijuana use to attract the best computer programmers and hackers to fight cyber criminals.


South Africa: The argument to decriminalise cannabis

The cracks in the policies that prohibit the use, cultivation and trade in cannabis in South Africa are beginning to show.

Fields of Green for ALL representatives attended the recent UN Special Session on Drugs in New York as civil society delegates. Minister of Police, Nkosinathi Nhleko, and Deputy Minister of Social Development, Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu, were there in their official capacity.

But South Africa’s comments on the outcome document were as bland as the majority of other countries, and a report that described the whole special session as a “damp squib” was quite accurate.

However, it was inspiring and enlightening to be part of a gathering of so many movers and shakers in the drug policy world, rarely in one place at one time.


South Africa: ‘Decriminalise Dagga, Says Central Drug Authority in 'Bold Step'

The Central Drug Authority has taken a definitive position on the use of dagga, and has called for it to be decriminalised.

CDA Head researcher Professor Dan Stein says their opinion is based on evidence studied over time in different countries.

Stein explains that the CDA's stance falls between commercialisation and staunch criminalisation.

We're saying let's move away from a 'war on drugs' thinking, but let's not go completely towards commercialisation until we have a better idea using data.

— Professor Dan Stein, Head of CDA Research Committee

Meanwhile, pro-dagga activist Myrtle Clarke has welcomed the announcement, and what she calls a rational statement and "bold step".


South Africa: ‘Dagga fan’ Malema blows smoke in ANC faces

‘Legalise it,’ the EFF leader said, before laying into ‘ANC complainers’ who want to join his party.

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema on Monday said he fully supported calls for the legalisation of dagga. Malema said he felt alcohol was more dangerous than marijuana.

“I’ve seen a lot of people smoke dagga and not have a problem, but I’ve never seen anyone drink alcohol and read books. I’ve seen people drink alcohol, get into their cars and cause accidents, but I’ve never heard of an accident caused by a dagga smoker.

“There is no solid reason why it cannot be legalised, if there is anything that needs to be made illegal is alcohol, it is the most dangerous thing.”


Cannabis Science Delegation Arrives in South Africa to Launch a Historic Africa Healthcare Initiative

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA--(Marketwired - May 23, 2016) - Cannabis Science, Inc. (OTC PINK: CBIS), a U.S. company specializing in the development of cannabis-based medicines, announces arrival of a Cannabis Science delegation beginning in Cape Town, South Africa to launch a historic Africa Healthcare initiative led by President & CEO, Co-Founder Raymond C. Dabney.

Mr. Dabney is accompanied by Dr. Allen A. Herman, the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of CBIS, Mr. Melvin P. Foote, President and Executive Director of Constituency for Africa (CFA), and Dr. Julius Garvey, surgeon and noted advocate for African healthcare and a member of the Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) of CBIS.


Masses Rally in South Africa to Protest Cannabis Prohibition

According to local reports, around 3,000 protesters in Cape Town, South Africa recently took to the streets to oppose the country’s continued prohibition on cannabis. Activists donning red, green and gold gathered together in support for cannabis. The 10th Annual Cannabis Walk is recognized as one of a series of marches around the globe, called the Global Cannabis Campaign.


Thousands Take Part in Pro-Cannabis Protests in South Africa

Thousands of South Africans took to the streets of Cape Town on Saturday, in a procession demanding a relaxation of drugs laws to allow medicinal and recreational use of cannabis.

With some smoking the substance, locally known as Dagga, around 3,000 protesters took part in the march in a backdrop of reggae music, while waving red, green and gold flags.

“We were marching for the legalisation and regulation of cannabis in South Africa,” lead organiser Johannes Berkhout told AFP.

“There is more than enough evidence around the world about the medicinal benefits of cannabis,” he said, adding that legalisation would create a “safer and much more controllable” use of the drug.


‘Free the weed’: Cannabis supporters protest globally for relaxation of marijuana laws

The Global Marijuana March has taken place this weekend as cannabis supporters from around the world gathered in 829 cities in 72 countries to put pressure on their governments to legalize the drug.

Buenos Aires, Argentina 

Demonstrators were out in force in the Argentinian capital, Buenos Aires, including wheelchair-bound children suffering from refractory epilepsy. They want the drug legalized for medical use and for it to be regulated for cultivation and consumption. 


Time to revisit South Africa's dagga laws

We should be growing marijuana here in sunlight, reducing carbon pollution and earning ourselves some dollars in the process, writes Stephen Pain.

I have yet to read the texts recommended by Clifford Schaffer in his letter “Drug laws not helping” on March 15, but otherwise I agree wholeheartedly with his views.

Richard Nixon, under immense pressure following the US disaster in Vietnam and the looming Watergate affair, desperately needed a rallying cry to divert the public’s attention and a “war on drugs” fitted the bill perfectly.

It also put the blame for the thousands of returning heroin-addicted GIs wholly on the drug itself and not on their horrific wartime experiences.


BRICS nations against marijuana and why this is relevant for the whole cannabis world

The BRICS nations comprise of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. The members are all developing or newly industrialised countries, with a significant influence on regional and global affairs. What is the Brics’ stance on marijuana and why should you care?


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