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The IFP notes the unanimous Constitutional Court (ConCourt) judgement handed down today on the decriminalisation of the private use of cannabis use for adult South Africans.
In 2014 the IFP introduced the Medical Innovation Bill which in 2017 opened the doors for South Africans to apply to SAHPRA for licence to grow, cultivate and manufacture cannabis for medicinal purposes. Additionally, the party has since 2014 been at the forefront of calls to commercialize hemp in South Africa.
It is our hope that the unanimous judgement handed down today by the full bench of the ConCourt will also see the fast-tracking of legislation for the commercialisation of Hemp in our country which will boost the economy and create jobs.
In respect of today’s landmark judgment, we call upon all adult South Africans to act responsibly in terms of their private cannabis use.
Narend Singh MP
IFP Chief Whip in Parliament
Mkhuleko Hlengwa MP
IFP National Spokesperson
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