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Strong enforcement needed if medical cannabis legalised, MPs told

The Medicines Control Council has on Wednesday briefed MPs on its framework for medicinal cannabis access in South Africa.

FILE: Marijuana plants being cultivated for medical use. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Strong enforcement will be required if cannabis is legalised for medicinal and research purposes.

Parliament’s health committee is still considering the Medical Innovation Bill.

The Medicines Control Council is giving it guidelines on growing cannabis for medicinal use.

The Medicines Control Council has on Wednesday briefed MPs on its framework for medicinal cannabis access in South Africa.

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The council has recommended that cannabis be rescheduled, to make it a legal substance to grow for medicinal and research purposes.

Some MPs support the guidelines, but others have questioned how it will be enforced. In other words, how will legal marijuana growers or users be differentiated from illegal ones?

The MCC's Griffith Molewa has assured MPs that it has thought of the policing aspect.

The framework will be gazetted on Friday and be made available to the public.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)