The Health Department of Health is planning to release medical marijuana guidelines by the end of the year.
The Medical Research Council is planning a workshop in the coming week to talk about the possibilities of medical marijuana being available in South Africa. The council wants to conduct a study on the use of dagga for medical purposes such as pain relief as is being done in other countries.
Myrtle Clarke from Dagga Advocates says this is a positive step for South Africans.
She says extensive research has been done on the use of cannabis for medical purposes and now a study will be conducted in South Africa for the first time.
Clarke says the study could be a first step leading to government legalising the use of marijuana in South Africa.
Why is it that something that helps somebody who is sick could harm someone who is well?— Myrtle Clarke - Dagga Advocates
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