Canada has legalised marijuana, could South Africa follow suit?

On Wednesday, Canada became the second country in the world to fully legalise marijuana.

In South Africa by contrast, medical and recreational marijuana is still illegal.

READ: Separating truth from fiction on how and when to use cannabis oil

Speaking to John Maytham Independent Journalist Kevin Bloom says Uruguay is another country that has legalised marijuana.

There is a spectrum that sort of roams from decriminalisation in certain aspects to full legalisation. We have about 20 to 25 countries in the world and counting.

Kevin Bloom, Independent Journalist

There is a very definite global movement towards legalisation and towards recognition of the properties of this plant.

Kevin Bloom, Independent Journalist

He adds that when you see the legalisation in countries like Canada and Uruguay, you can expect that many countries are going to follow suit in the next two, three years.

Listen below to the full interview:


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
South African's mission to restore Joburg's longest green-belt

South African's mission to restore Joburg's longest green-belt

Willem Snyman's mission is to restore the natural green-belt along the Hennop's River - a stretch from Kempton Park to Hartebeespoort Dam.

[LISTEN] Lesufi 'waging war on Afrikaans' - Afriforum

[LISTEN] Lesufi 'waging war on Afrikaans' - Afriforum

Afriforum is accusing Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi of waging a war on Afrikaans schools.

Alcohol sales drop where medicinal dagga is legalised – US study

Alcohol sales drop where medicinal dagga is legalised – US study

If dagga and alcohol are substitutes, as US researchers suggest, legalisation may represent a significant public health benefit.

Legalisation of dagga in the United States is reducing violent crime - study

Legalisation of dagga in the United States is reducing violent crime - study

Legal dagga is crippling Mexican drug trafficking organisations, leading to a remarkable drop in violent crime rates.

Here is everything you need to know about Phytotherapy

Here is everything you need to know about Phytotherapy

As the use of medical marijuana grabs headlines, phytotherapist Tammi O'Flynn explains how plants and herbs are used for healing.

Strong controls to be enforced for medical marijuana

Strong controls to be enforced for medical marijuana

The Medicines Control Council has briefed Parliament on its framework for medicinal cannabis.

'If you don't like dagga, you're not going to like the future', says lobbyist

'If you don't like dagga, you're not going to like the future', says lobbyist

The Clear Option's CEO, Quintin van Kerken, says the State has failed to make a convincing argument against legalising cannabis.

Top tips for water-wise gardening

Top tips for water-wise gardening

With the Cape firmly in the grips of a water crisis, Stodels has shared their top tips for gardening during a drought.

Energy minister may lay criminal charges over sale of SA's oil reserves

Energy minister may lay criminal charges over sale of SA's oil reserves

According to the report, the $280 million transaction was concluded with three companies between December 2015 and January 2016.

John Maytham's Book Reviews: Murderers, weed dealers, social justice activists

John Maytham's Book Reviews: Murderers, weed dealers, social justice activists

John's three book picks for the week.

Kubayi delivers budget speech, its back to the drawing board for nukes programme

Kubayi delivers budget speech, its back to the drawing board for nukes programme

Department of Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi tabled her budget speech on Friday.

Recovering addict Melinda Ferguson weighs in on the dagga judgment

Recovering addict Melinda Ferguson weighs in on the dagga judgment

The author shares insights based on her experiences as a recovering drug addict with John Maytham.

City clamps down on fake vehicle licences

City clamps down on fake vehicle licences

JP Smith says City's officers' new hand held devices scan and check the legitimacy of licenses on cars and weed out forgeries.

City halts use of powerful herbicide in Noordhoek amid probe

City halts use of powerful herbicide in Noordhoek amid probe

Locals claim the herbicide was used in sensitive areas and during the breeding season of the endangered Western Cape leopard toad.

Cape gourmet group takes speciality food stalls to local markets

Cape gourmet group takes speciality food stalls to local markets

Small Business Awards nominee, My Place Gourmet Group has become famous for its tasty and unique offerings at the Root 44 market.

Celebrate Water Week and help clean our rivers on 12 March with Green Beings

Celebrate Water Week and help clean our rivers on 12 March with Green Beings

Green Beings is a non-profit organisation that believes that being green is still sexy.

How to cut back overgrown grass from pavers

How to cut back overgrown grass from pavers

Pippa Hudson shares fun and practical tips to help you do something better, or simply make your life a little easier.

Is the cigarette about to be extinguished by an electrical version?

Is the cigarette about to be extinguished by an electrical version?

After seven years, electronic cigarettes sales now stand at R35 billion a year with plenty of room to grow in the R8 trillion industry.

ANC loses Con Court bid against DA-Zuma electoral SMS campaign

ANC loses Con Court bid against DA-Zuma electoral SMS campaign

The Midday Report - Where You Won't Miss a Thing

Popular articles
Comedy of errors suggests Standard Bank bond applicants have much to worry about

Comedy of errors suggests Standard Bank bond applicants have much to worry about

Only when consumer journalist Wendy Knowler chased Standard Bank did they admit wrongdoing that cost a client R41 000.

Dozens of families evicted from Kraaifontein farm

Dozens of families evicted from Kraaifontein farm

Plass senior researcher Dr Farai Mtero explains what the law says about evictions.

[WATCH] Ndlovu Youth Choir shines once again with latest AGT performance

[WATCH] Ndlovu Youth Choir shines once again with latest AGT performance

The inspiring South African choirU2's Beautiful Day at America's Got Talent quarter-finals.

Want to get rich? Got R100? You don’t need millions to start

Want to get rich? Got R100? You don’t need millions to start

Bruce Whitfield interviews Anthea Gardner, author of "Make Your Money Work for You: Think Big, Start Small".

SA’s richest woman opens up about being a refugee and becoming a billionaire

SA’s richest woman opens up about being a refugee and becoming a billionaire

Magda Wierzycka – Sygnia’s renegade CEO – on her attitude toward money (hopes and fears, successes and failures, etc.).

Mystery solved: Why smelly, blue sewage has been leaking into Cape Town forest

Mystery solved: Why smelly, blue sewage has been leaking into Cape Town forest

The reason for the leakage has been revealed, explains Table Mountain Aerial Cableway MD Wahida Parker.

'CR17 leaks have damaged Ramaphosa's political integrity '

'CR17 leaks have damaged Ramaphosa's political integrity '

Political analyst Dr Somadoda Fikeni weighs in on President Cyril Ramaphosa's ANC election campaign.

W Cape traffic chief: Stay close to other motorists on N2 to stay safe

W Cape traffic chief: Stay close to other motorists on N2 to stay safe

W Cape Traffic Chief Kenny Africa says private security working with the department is helping curb the stonings on the highway.

Were missing SA men victims of Vietnamese organ harvesting syndicate?

Were missing SA men victims of Vietnamese organ harvesting syndicate?

Gift of the Givers fears two South African men who went missing in Vietnam may have fallen prey to an organ harvesting syndicate.