Oriani-Ambrosini no longer uses dagga

2014-05-05 00:00

CAPE TOWN — IFP MP Mario Oriani-Ambrosini no longer uses dagga for his cancer and now only uses morphine.

“I will probably die from morphine,” he said yesterday at a Cape Town protest against South Africa’s dagga laws. He said dagga interfered with the stem cell treatment he is receiving.

Oriani-Ambrosini had earlier this year pleaded in parliament that the use of dagga must be legalised for medicinal and commercial use in South Africa.

Almost 2 000 people yesterday gathered in Cape Town to protest the laws against possessing, producing or using dagga in South Africa.

The protest formed part of the Global Cannabis March was is held each year on the first Saturday of May.

Imiel Visser, one of the organisers of the march, said they protest to show there is “worldwide unity and support for dagga”.

“We ask for a review and improvement of our dagga laws.”

Visser said the current legislation is “not rational” and was used during apartheid for “racist control”.

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