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From: Office of the Secretary-General, ADeC
Subject: It’s time to end the criminalisation of Cannabis and Hemp
Date: Wednesday, March 13th, 2019
Embargo: Monday, September 10th, 2019
It’s 2019, and for some bizarre reason, we are still arguing whether or not cannabis and hemp should be entirely legalised. We as ADeC believe thatcannabis should be fully legalised for personal and commercial use.
The research has been in on cannabis for a long time, it is no more harmful than many other legalised substances, and
Around the world, countries are have already begun to legalise cannabis and hemp and are seeing
Beyond personal use, cannabis could also be a fantastic opportunity for economic development. As more of the world
ADeC calls for the immediate cessation of arrests or incarceration related to Cannabis consumption, along with the immediate pursuit of legislation to legalize cannabis. This legislation must meet a number of critical criteria that ensure the benefits of cannabis legalization can felt by all South Africans. First, it is important that the government does not impose a licensing system on the consumption of Cannabis that would impose an undue burden, particularly on poorer South African. It is also important that all regulations should be tested against other legal mood-altering substances such as Tobacco and Alcohol, ensuring that it cannot be more difficult to purchase, produce or sell cannabis than these currently legal substances.
South Africa has an opportunity now to develop a “new cannabis economy” that benefits every single South Africa in terms of economics, health and social development. Read our upcoming manifesto to see how ADeC in government will prioritize and implement a cannabis legislative agenda.
Dr Moses Mayekiso
Cell: +27 67-026-2270