n Acta Criminologica : African Journal of Criminology & Victimology - The legalisation and decriminalisation of marijuana (dagga) : a review of American and South African experiences

Volume 2015 Number sed-3
  • ISSN : 1012-8093


This article is a review of the efforts in the USA and South Africa for the legalisation and decriminalisation of marijuana (cannabis/dagga) and its use for both medical and recreational purposes. It outlines the arguments, as developed largely in the USA, for and against this legalisation and decriminalisation of this so-called 'soft' drug., In South Africa, where this process has made scant headway, the article traces this struggle, firstly, the Prince case that took this fight all the way to the Constitutional Court; and secondly, the initiative by Mario Oriani-Ambrosini in early 2014, to get Parliamentary approval for the medical use of marijuana in South Africa by means of the Medical Innovation Bill. The article also traces the delays and eventual indefinite postponement of enacting the Bill.

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