The good news that cannabis oil is now legal at home in South Africa has caused a stir in the country this week. On Tuesday 18 September, the Constitutional Court ruled that using cannabis in private at home is not a criminal offence any more. Chief Justice Raymond Zondo said that the use, cultivation and possession of cannabis is decriminalised when used privately at home.
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Zondo did not clarify the boundaries for what being at home means, nor did he clarify the amount of cannabis a person could use, grow or own. Sections 4(b) and 5(b) of the Drugs Act, and Section 22A(9)(a)(i) of the Medicines Act were declared unconstitutional and invalid because such Acts made it illegal for adults to use or own cannabis in the privacy of their own home, for their own private use. These acts therefore did not comply with the individual’s right to privacy as embedded in Section 14 of the Constitution.
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The South African Parliament now has two years in which to amend these acts and to clarify the boundaries around the use of cannabis in private at home. If privacy extends beyond the home, which is what Zondo said, then how far does this private space extend? What are the boundaries for growing cannabis and using it at home? The police will work with Parliament and lawyers to clarify these points. South Africa is watching as many countries around the world legalise cannabis and its products. Some for medical use only, others for medical and recreational use.
The new law allows anyone to use, grow and own cannabis at home. This includes cannabis products like cannabis oil. In addition, there is now huge potential for the cultivation and manufacturing of hemp products in South Africa. The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries sees opportunity in the commercialisation of hemp. South Africans need to be aware that big pharmaceuticals will want a piece of the cannabis pie and this could cut out the rights of the small grower. All South Africans need to stand together to ensure that cannabis is grown and sold locally so that local people benefit.
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Meanwhile, a medical cannabis dispensary has already opened its doors in Durban, run by a homeopath and general practitioner. The funder sits on the chair of the KwaZulu-Natal branch of the Cannabis Development Council of SA and said that the doctor first consults with patients before dispensing medical cannabis for their illnesses. He added that the cannabidiol (CBD) was legal in South Africa which makes his dispensary completely above board.
And even more so now that cannabis is legal in private, for use and cultivation and possession. Go ahead and order your cannabis oil from us today!
New Bill: Colombia Will Legalize Cocaine?
The push and pull of the cannabis legalization issue can be seen all over the globe, with a recent UN vote officially legalizing cannabis for medical use. But what about cocaine? Is the medical value of cocaine coming back into play? A current bill is making its way through the Colombian government that says Colombia […]
The push and pull of the cannabis legalization issue can be seen all over the globe, with a recent UN vote officially legalizing cannabis for medical use. But what about cocaine? Is the medical value of cocaine coming back into play? A current bill is making its way through the Colombian government that says Colombia will legalize cocaine.
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Colombia and cocaine have gone together like peanut butter and jelly since Pablo Escobar started using old cannabis trafficking routes to move the white powder out of Colombia, and to the rest of the world. Now, with a new bill moving its way through Colombian government, its looking like there’s a good chance Colombia will legalize cocaine.
A look at the history of cocaine
When it comes to cocaine, the main story that we all know starts in the middle of the 70’s with Pablo Escobar and the Medellin Cartel, however cocaine has been used for much longer than that. In fact, in South American countries like Colombia, Bolivia, and Peru, locals have been chewing on coca leaves for thousands of years to get their mildly stimulating effect. This allowed workers to suppress their appetites and work longer hours.
When the Spanish came to South America, they wanted to send their spoils back home, and employed the locals to work long hours digging up gold and silver, for which they enforced the use of coca leaves. At this time, the leaves themselves were not being taken anywhere as they couldn’t maintain through the journey back to Europe. For this reason, use stayed local for quite some time.
The more recent cocaine story
And now back to the story we’re all familiar with, although how it started might not be as familiar. Even before Pablo Escobar came on the scene, the road was already being paved for a new cocaine boom. The New York Times published an article in 1974 which stated cocaine was “a good high achieved without the forbiddingly dangerous needle and addiction of heroin.”
This was followed up by a book written by journalist Richard Ashley, which failed to find negatives associated with cocaine apart from those related to not having common sense. Even Newsweek Magazine published illustrations of high-class folks doing lines of cocaine.
And perhaps all this helped Escobar to do his thing. By using old cannabis trafficking lines, Escobar built up a trafficking network to move cocaine out of Colombia, inciting a massive and violent drug war. This war exploded in 1975 when in retaliation for the seizure of 600kg of cocaine by law enforcement, the cartel took out about 40 people in one weekend, known after that as the ‘Medellin Massacre’. It’s thought that at the peak of its existence, the Medellin Cartel was bringing in approximately $60 million per day in profits. What really allowed the cartel to take off, was its partnership with Carlos Lehder, a marijuana smuggler who showed Escobar and his partners Jose Gonzalo Rodriguez Gacha, and the Ochoa brothers, how to use small planes to fly the cocaine directly into the US. While much coca is grown in Colombia, at that time, the majority was being imported from Bolivia and Peru, and only processed in Colombia before being trafficked out.
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Two of the things that are extremely hard to pin down, are how much money exactly is earned (though this is much easier), and how many people die (and have died), as a result of this trade. In terms of the latter, when questioned about it concerning a line that came up from an episode of Narcos, Elizabeth Zili, the former DEA head of intelligence in Colombia affirmed that no hard numbers exist saying “I really couldn’t give you a number, but it was extremely high. We never totally trusted the statistics we were getting from the [Colombian] government. One never does, no matter where you are.” Even if hard numbers for death tolls can’t be confirmed, that thousands of people have died since the 70’s as part of the trade is generally not argued.
When it comes to the former point on how much is earned, (and how much is used), here are some basic stats. One kilo of cocaine is produced by processing about 125 kilos of coca leaves. This production costs a local drug lab approximately $137.50. Once the leaves are turned into actual cocaine, the value goes up to $2,269. This same amount can garner a profit of about $60,000+ in America, and more internationally, with the value going as high as $235,000 in a place like Australia.
Pretty much all the cocaine in the world comes from Colombia, Bolivia, and Peru, with Colombia providing about 70% of it in 2018. About 4% of the world’s population (or 300 million) have used cocaine in their lives, with approximately 18.1 million people using the drug in 2018 alone. As of 2018, approximately 169,000 hectares of land are being used for growing coca in Colombia, and about 130,000 families survive by farming it.
Will it be legalized?
Obviously, the title of this article isn’t about history, but the future, and the question of whether Colombia will legalize cocaine. In an effort to curb the drug trade, different avenues have been tried like eradicating plants by spraying chemicals on them aerially, forced crop substitutions so that farmers can maintain income, and decriminalization. None of it has worked. One of the bigger steps taken though, was the decriminalization of all drugs in 1994, including hard drugs like cocaine. Now, in a further effort to curb trafficking, the Colombian government might take this decriminalization one step further with a bill saying Colombia will legalize cocaine.
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