While South Africa seems intent on legalising dagga, what is the stance that fellow BRICS member nations have taken on cannabis?
"when it comes to recreational use, the problem becomes one of how much you are smoking and for how long. Studies have shown that regular users can develop cognitive and behavioral problems, and an increased risk of anxiety and depression."
The Charge (Poem on the Decriminalisation of Dagga in South Africa)
Corona beer maker Constellation Brands will pay $4 billion to increase its stake in global medical cannabis company Canopy. Canopy CEO Bruce Linton answered questions about the Constellation deal, strategies for international expansion and whether big alcohol companies should be afraid of marijuana.
Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper says he doesn’t rule out recriminalizing marijuana, as the crime rate has been rising since recreational use of the drug was made legal in 2014.
Texas released its report on child abuse deaths with half the 172 child abuse deaths in 2017 coupled with substance abuse. Marijuana was the most used substance connected to child abuse and neglect deaths, followed by alcohol, cocaine and methamphetamine.
Portugal, the iconic example of drug liberalization that is quoted over and over, had a rough landing with the release of country’s latest drug statistics revealing much of this closely-watched human experiment.
Surveys done at 2 534 schools across South Africa point to the fact that drug abuse is a key reason behind the high failure rates of students and that dagga ranks as the third biggest problem after general drug addiction and teenage pregnancy.