State may legalise dagga for medicinal use

2014-02-19 16:11

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi will commission research into the decriminalisation of dagga for medicinal use.

This follows an impassioned plea in Parliament by ailing IFP MP Mario Oriani-Ambrosini.

Oriani-Ambrosini, who is suffering from cancer, delivered his speech during this afternoon’s debate on President Jacob Zuma’s state of the nation address.

Even Zuma leaned in to listen and MPs – from the ANC and opposition – silenced one another as Oriani-Ambrosini addressed him and delivered a memorandum to Zuma after his speech.

“I wouldn’t be standing here in front of you if I didn’t illegally have marijuana administered,” said Oriani-Ambrosini.

He said if he had pumped himself full of conventional medicine, he would long have been dead.

Public Service Minister Lindiwe Sisulu, who was the next speaker, said she had a word with Motsoaledi while Oriani-Ambrosini was speaking and government would look into research on the decriminalisation of dagga for medicinal use.

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