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Social Development & CDA host roundtable discussions on use of Cannabis

South African Cannabis Round table

Discussion on use of cannabis in South Africa to be held 9 to 10 April 2015.

The Department of Social Development in partnership with the Central Drug Authority (CDA) will host a round table discussion on the use of cannabis in South Africa. The roundtable discussions is aimed at generating a robust debate on the safety and dangers of cannabis use in South Africa, as well as inform the South African Position Paper on Cannabis and address the question of medicinal use of cannabis.

This will assist in developing recommendations on how better to address the problem of cannabis use, abuse and dependence in the country, as well as influence the development of policy on cannabis in South Africa.

Specifically, the roundtable will discuss the pros and cons of the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes and research, implications of the bio-psychosocial aspects of cannabis, religious perspective on cannabis use, cultural or traditional perspective on cannabis use, cannabis use and economic implications, as well as the legal perspective on decriminalisation versus criminalisation of cannabis.

The roundtable will be held in partnership with relevant stakeholders represented on the CDA, as well as the various groups in the country who have an interest in the matter.

Members of the media are invited to attend and cover the roundtable on cannabis, scheduled as follows:

Date: 09 – 10 April 2015
Time: 08h00
Venue: Kopanong Hotel and Conference Centre, 243 Glen Gory Road, Benoni, Gauteng

Media enquiries to:
Mr Lindo Nkomonde
Cell: 082 790 6108