MP pleads for decriminalised medical dagga

Cancer-stricken Inkatha Freedom Party MP Mario Oriani-Ambrosini on Wednesday (19/02/2014) made an impassioned plea to President Jacob Zuma and his government to decriminalise the medical use of dagga.

“You’ve known me for 20 years and I’m sure you had a few occasions to curse my name,” a gaunt looking Oriani-Ambrosini said in the National Assembly during debate on Zuma’s state-of-the-nation address.

“I’m speaking to you today somehow as a changed man, not to oppose, but to plead with you to provide the laws on behalf of many people in my condition who do not have a voice.”

Oriani-Ambrosini admitted to illegally having smoked dagga in South Africa as an alternative treatment to his condition.

“I was supposed to die many months ago and I am here because I had the courage of taking illegal treatments in Italy in the form of bicarbonate of soda and here in South Africa in the form of cannabis, marijuana or dagga.

Otherwise I would be pumped with morphine and I would not be able to speak to you Mr President,” he said.

In November last year a national working group made presentations to Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi on the subject.

“What this paperwork stands for is the proposition that there is no rational argument for continuing to deprive medical marijuana to people like me who need it,” Oriani-Ambrosini said.

“It is a crime against humanity not to allow that to take place.” – Sapa

One thought on “MP pleads for decriminalised medical dagga

  • February 20, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    I agree, Marijuana is a safe alternative to many medications, having 0 deaths ever recorded directly from cannabis, proven in documentaries and studies to lessen, and in some occasions, irradicate cancer cells.

    Medical Marijuana is used (where legal) for:
    Parkonsons disease
    Relief of chronic pain
    Relief of muscular spasms
    Multiple Sclerosis
    .. And the list goes on..

    If you do not realize the immense positive health benefits this will have on South Africa, you are mistaken.
    I vote for the Legalisation of Marijuana in South Africa, it is, in itself, seemingly almost a crime to keep this great medicine away from the world and out country!!


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