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iAfricanna Inc, hoax or a daggafarian’s hope?

A company referring to itself as a cannabis incubator have compiled a dagga-grow permit kit and is inviting everyone to apply to grow legal dagga.

In a e-mail leaked to the Dagga Magazine from a source close to iAfricanna, a new incorporation established by the Salute Empowerment Forum, Zubenathi PTY ltd, Mazangani Solutions, Agricultural Research Centre, CSIR and House of Hemp, compiled a dagga-growing permit application kit and has invited anyone with fenced land and the will to grow dagga to attend a free workshop on how to apply for a permit to grow cannabis or hemp in 2017.

Permit Readiness Invite by iAfricanna

Hoax or hope?

The cultivation of dagga for commercial purposes is still highly illegal in South Africa, although the law may soon change upon the outcome of the Cape Town High Court judgement to change the Drug & Trafficking Act of 1992 to accommodate the personal cultivation, possession and use of dagga it will have no impact on the commercialisation of legal dagga.

While the promise of a dagga revolution is noble, and a goal every daggafarian must strive towards, there is currently no way to legally grow dagga.

We did not get correspondence from House of Hemp in time for publication on the legitimacy of the e-mail sent by Daluxolo Kunene.

Hoax or hope for daggafarians? You decide. Share your thoughts on our Facebook page or in the comment section below.

iAfricanna Dagga Grow Permit Application Kit

#DaggaOps Environmental Impact Assessment

Finally after months our struggle for information has yielded success.

The South African Police Service forwarded a copy of the #DaggaOps Environmental Impact Assessment to the Dagga Magazine after a successful Promotion to Access to Information application.

We have only had time to skim through the 3 part report however the perspective dagga is viewed by the government is very grim.

View the #DaggaOps EIA (Environmental Impact Assessment) at your own peril as it will even bring down the highest and happiest of daggafarians.

More to follow soon.

Link to #DaggaOps Environmental Impact Assessment: http://dagga.za.net/u/?i=5

The Peace Officer, The Daggafarian And The Cost

Adults who choose to use dagga responsibly can be found from Cape Town to Johannesburg and everywhere in between and even neighbouring countries especially Swaziland & Lesotho. Dagga: The number one illicit herb in the world has become the most popular recreational “drug”. It is even giving tobacco and alcohol a run for its money.

In South Africa dagga prohibition is taken so seriously that not even a cannabinoid filled fart is missed undetected. A university student, from South Africa, discovered you can test how much marijuana is used within a suburb by testing a neighbourhood, a complex or even a house’s main sewage line.

You see, In South Africa dagga is so potent that officers and even government officials who come near the bud wear hard hats, bullet proof vests and even Ebola-rated safety hazmat suits.

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South African dagga: So potent you need to wear a helmet!
Weed So Potent - Hazmat Suits
Dagga so potent: Police officers must ebola-rated safety gear.

The cost of policing dagga

In 2010 there were 1116 police stations across South Africa employing 150513 officers. This organization managed to confiscate 2000 metric tons of dagga between 2012 and 2013. That is 2 billion grams of dagga.

By 2014 the South African Police Service in conjunction with the South African National Defense Force confiscated 3500 metric tons of dagga upping their yearly take by 1.5 billion grams to 3.5 billion grams of dagga.

A news article boasted about a single police station from an average suburb that have managed to arrest 16 people for dagga possession on a single day!

In that article and so many others you commonly see that there is a task force that deal with dagga policing. Although the narcotics division has been disbanded years ago there are still groups within the police that serve on the frontline in the war not only against people who choose to use a safer alternative to alcohol and tobacco but against a wonder plant that is a herb comparable to nutmeg.

In most photos used in media reports of dagga busts you will see that there are in excess of 5 police officers per daggafarian. Don’t be paranoid but the ratio of cops that are out there looking for you, daggafarians, are 5 to 1.

If we start calculating with these estimation, variables and introduce a random function the true cost of the war on dagga becomes clear.
One police station is able to arrest between 1700 to 1900 persons for dagga per year.

1116 police stations are able to arrest between 1050000 to 1140000 persons for dagga per year.

The cost of arresting & convicting a single person for the possession of dagga is estimated to the tune of R250 000.

With these estimations we calculated that the cost of policing dagga is between R262.5 billion to R285 billion per year!

Value of a legal dagga industry

We recently calculated that the value of dagga confiscated by the South African police between 2012 and 2013 is about R22.3 Billion when using Uruguay’s fixed price of US$1 or R12.13 per gram.

It was also calculated that the total value of dagga that evades the police in the same period is about R 218.6 Billion..

Ultimately this means that the police spend a pessimistically calculated R262.5 billion to make an R22.3 Billion dent in an R 240.9  billion market.

Do you think R1 spent on dagga prohibition is money well invested?

Sources:

http://daggamagazine.com/2015/02/08/green-depression/

http://dagga.za.net/2014/10/08/most-dagga-arrests-in-shortest-time/

16 people were arrested for possession of dagga on 14 August after community members tipped off police.
http://midrandreporter.co.za/113301/suspects-arrested-for-possession-of-dagga/

15 arrested for possession of Dagga To curb the spread of crime, 15 people were arrested for dagga possession this past weekend.

http://sowetourban.co.za/13856/15-arrested-possession-dagga/
12 people arrested for possession of dagga
Twelve people were arrested in the Westenburg policing area weekend for the possession of marijuana, and they appeared before the Polokwane magistrate’s court last Monday.
http://reviewonline.co.za/40429/12-people-arrested-for-possession-of-dagga/
10 held in Ficksburg dagga bust
Eight men and two women have been arrested for possession of dagga with an estimated street value of R750 000 near Ficksburg in Free State.
http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/Ten-held-in-Free-State-dagga-bust-20120123
7 people arrested for possession of dagga, over the weekend, in Orlando, Soweto.
http://sowetourban.co.za/14615/hijackers-staging-car-accidents/


Another four people arrested on coast for possession of dagga

Two females and two males were arrested on Tuesday in Betania and Umzumbe  for possession of dagga.  A 26-year-old woman was arrested at a house in Umzumbe  after a 20 litre bucket full of dagga and 23 parcels dagga were found . The weight of the dagga was 961 grams.  A 45-year-old woman was arrested in Betania with nine parcels dagga weighing 60 grams in her possession. Two males (28) and (44) were also arrested in Betania  with one parcel  of dagga weighing 4 grams and  30 parcels  dagga weighing 70 grams respectively.  The woman in Southport appeared in court on Wednesday and the other three were given fines.
http://www.ehowzit.co.za/news/crime-watch/dagga-arrests/

 

 

Roundtable #DaggaDebate on #MedicalDagga

A two day conference in South Africa discussing the use of medicinal cannabis took place in Johannesburg.

8 hour audio recording of the conference.

Part 1
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4WJojoiFSszdEk2OFZnbXk1WlE/view?hc_location=ufi

Part 2
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4WJojoiFSszdVZXOVJXcDNKMDQ/view?hc_location=ufi

Part 3
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4WJojoiFSszRFI1dVdoakl0cGs/view?hc_location=ufi

Part 4
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4WJojoiFSszbHBLeE84SXh2N2c/view?hc_location=ufi

Part 5
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4WJojoiFSszd0RRM2lxeTJJMWc/view?hc_location=ufi

Wellness Warehouse Answers

Recently we asked Wellness Warehouse some concerning questions regarding the product they sell as CBD Hemp Oil.

DM: What are the ingredients used in Wellness Warehouse CBD Hemp Oil and does your product contain Cannabidiol?

WW: The CBD Hemp oil is supplied by Coyne Healthcare this is not a Wellness Warehouse product, contact with Coyne Healthcare can be made directly via info@coynehealthcare.co.za . It is available through various outlets and medical practitioners. The ingredients are stated on the packaging of the product. These are grape seed oil, vanilla bean extract and CBD. Sunflower oil is also present making up less than 1% of the product and this will be omitted in future production.

DM: Does Wellness Warehouse CBD Hemp Oil contain any genetically modified organisms or any other form of genetically modified ingredients?

WW: To the best of our knowledge no GMO additives have been included in the production of the product. This will be verified with the supplier.

DM: Is Wellness Warehouse CBD Hemp Oil an extract from the flowers of hemp or seeds?

WW: Seed and Stalk

DM: If Wellness Warehouse CBD Hemp Oil contains the cannabinoid Cannabidiol how much of the cannabinoid is present in the product?

WW: 100mg per 15ml

DM: If Wellness Warehouse CBD Hemp Oil contains the cannabinoid Cannabidiol how did your company manage to get past the red tape to be able to sell cannabinoids deemed illegal by the March 2014 amendments of the Drug & Trafficking Act of 1992?

WW: For more information on this please contact info@coynehealthcare.co.za

DM: Is Wellness Warehouse CBD Hemp Oil sourced and manufactured in South Africa?

WW: The product is produced in the US.

DM: Have Wellness Warehouse externally tested the terpene profile of the CBD Hemp Oil? If so what were the results?

WW: Wellness Warehouse cannot independently test every product supplied to it by its suppliers. For further information contact info@coynehealthcare.co.za

DM: Can the canabanoids in the oil be independently verified? If so, would Wellness Warehouse object to an independent analysis of the product?

WW: Yes they have best independently tested. The COA is available. The product supplies pure CBD with 0% THC.

DM: At R66.60 per ml Wellness Warehouse CBD Hemp Oil is out of reach for many people, why is this product so expensive?

WW: The product is produced in the US (paid for in US dollars) and shipped to South Africa. Due to the South African regulations specific small batches are produced to comply with South African requirements. Pure isolated CBD is an expensive ingredient and this can be verified by searching online and reviewing various suppliers of CBD based products.

DM: Are you aware that the effects of CBD are enhanced/potentiated by using it in conjunction with other cannabinoids including THC? This makes whole plant extracts far more therapeutically valuable than isolated cannabinoids.

WW: There are a number of studies based on isolated CBD. One can argue both ways and at this point there is no conclusive evidence proving one is better than the other. Whilst THC certainly has benefits it is illegal and also produces psychotropic effects which many people cannot tolerate long term when used therapeutically. Consider people who need to work , study, children or are tested for drugs.

DM: A reader brought this to our attention: “The information on the Wellness Warehouse website is misleading – They explain studies show CBD therapy can achieve some amazing results – however the information is shared in such a way as to convince the reader that one could expect these results from their product. These healing results are generally not achieved through dosing with products created from Hemp CBD; diluted into base oil, but rather achieved through dosing with full plant extract with a high CBD ratio.” Could you comment on this statement?

WW: This is not true. There are a number of CBD specific studies where pure isolated CBD is used. The article advises readers to do further research by visiting www.projectcbd.org .

Refer to the following studies as examples of isolated CBD. There are many others…

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16612464

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22506672

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24117398

DM: Is Wellness Warehouse CBD Hemp Oil safe to use on cancer patients and what is the success rate?

WW: There is no reason to believe there would be any negative interaction in cancer patients or any person using the product in the recommended form as per the instructions. It is however recommended that a person dealing with cancer or any form of a medical condition consults with a medical professional before starting with any new form of supplementation

Wellness Warehouse Fail To Answer Questions On Its CBD Hemp Oil

Recently the dagga community was abuzz regarding the CBD (Cannabidiol) Hemp Oil sold by Wellness Warehouse however the excitement was short lived as it quickly became apparent that this product is not the same as Phoenix Tears also known as Rick Simpson oil, which is a full extract of the flowers of the cannabis plant, nor was it even a close resemblance to an extract of the famous Charlotte’s Web high CBD strain sought after by parents who’s children are suffering from epileptic seizures.

Members of the South African dagga culture posted their concerns of the product sold by Wellness Warehouse as CBD oil soon after it went viral among the community.

“How can you sell a product that supposedly has healing CBD in but
yet also contains sunflower oil which is GMO & toxic?”

“Even the hemp plant contains a small percentage of THC.”

“It’s made from the Seeds not the plant thats why it doesnt have any trace of D9-THC.”

“Then its useless. Simple!”

We contacted Wellness Warehouse on Twitter and after a delay they responded and asked us to send questions we have regarding the product to the Managing Director of Wellness Warehouse “who would gladly answer any questions” we may have regarding the product.

We then compiled a few question from our readers and sent through our questionare.

A few days later Wellness Warehouse responded by asking if the answers will appear in the magazine to which we replied yes.

Another few days passed and this is the response received from Wellness Warehouse:

“As this isn’t an own brand product we feel this would better be directed to our supplier as a feature. They would be more than happy to answer your questions, I’m sure. If that works for you, I’ll forward your questions to him. Please let me know. Thanks – Wellness Warehouse”

We have since lodged a complaint with the Advertising Standards Authority of South Africa.

The Wellness Warehouse website lists that the CBD Hemp Oil contains hemp oil, grape seed oil, sunflower oil, vanilla bean, vegetable glycerin emulsifier.

Further more the website says:

Cannabidiol CBD is a natural constituent of hemp oil. Cannabidiol
(CBD) is a naturally occurring constituent of industrial hemp/
cannabis. It is the most abundant non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis. CBD is extracted and separated from specific varieties of cannabis, often known as hemp. Chemically, CBD is one of 85 chemical substances known as cannabinoids, which are all found in the cannabis plant. CBD has come into the spot light due to its potential benefits across a spectrum of conditions such as
psychiatric conditions, neuropathic pain, epilepsy and certain types
of cancer.

The is a large amount of preclinical evidence and studies on CBD
with large scale clinical trials underway.It is important to note that
CBD cannot make one high or intoxicated and that to date there are no documented studies that show undesirable effects.Our oil is produced in a facility in the US and has specifically been produced to comply with South African regulations. CBD is extracted from industrial hemp and then combined with organic grape seed oil. The result of which provides us with a pure CBD oil which has a 0.0001% concentration of THC and is a food supplement. It is also legal in South Africa as it complies with all of the regulatory requirements.

The unanswered questions:

  • What are the ingredients used in Wellness Warehouse CBD Hemp Oil and does your product contain Cannabidiol?
  • Does Wellness Warehouse CBD Hemp Oil contain any genetically modified organisms or any other form of genetically modified ingredients?
  • Is Wellness Warehouse CBD Hemp Oil an extract from the flowers of hemp or seeds?
  • If Wellness Warehouse CBD Hemp Oil contains the cannabinoid Cannabidiol how much of the cannabinoid is present in the product?
  • If Wellness Warehouse CBD Hemp Oil contains the cannabinoid Cannabidiol how did your company manage to get past the red tape to be able to sell cannabinoids deemed illegal by the March 2014 amendments of the Drug & Trafficking Act of 1992?
  • Is Wellness Warehouse CBD Hemp Oil sourced and manufactured in South Africa?
  • Have Wellness Warehouse externally tested the terpene profile of the CBD Hemp Oil? If so what were the results?
  • Can the canabanoids in the oil be independently verified? If so, would Wellness Warehouse object to an independent analysis of the product?
  • At R66.60 per ml Wellness Warehouse CBD Hemp Oil is out of reach for many people, why is this product so expensive?
  • Are you aware that the effects of CBD are enhanced/potentiated by using it in conjunction with other cannabinoids including THC? This makes whole plant extracts far more therapeutically valuable than isolated cannabinoids.
  • A reader brought this to our attention: “The information on the Wellness Warehouse website is misleading – They explain studies show CBD therapy can achieve some amazing results – however the information is shared in such a way as to convince the reader that one could expect these results from their product. These healing results are generally not achieved through dosing with products created from Hemp CBD; diluted into base oil, but rather achieved through dosing with full plant extract with a high CBD ratio.” Could you comment on this statement?
  • Is Wellness Warehouse CBD Hemp Oil safe to use on cancer patients and what is the success rate?

#DaggaOps: Our Struggle For Access To Information

After our 5th request for a copy of the #DaggaOps Environment Impact Assessment from the South African Police Service failed we decided it’s time for more drastic legal measures.

In February 2015 a Facebook post of a picture of three Dagga Ops helicopters used in the spraying of dagga crops in the Transkei with glyphosate went viral we felt obligated to ask the South African Police Service a few questions.

The response we received on the 17th of February 2015 from SAPS spokesperson Solomon Makgale:

Good afternoon editor of Dagga Magazine,

Apologies for the delayed response. Your media enquiry on the subject matter dated 2 February 2015 refers.

Kindly receive the response to your enquiry as follows

Question 1: Was an environmental impact study conducted on the harms to the ecosystem and people by routine dagga crops spraying by helicopters?

ANSWER: Yes. A study was conducted in conjunction with SANAB, a file of the study can be made available if required.

Question 2: What chemicals are used by the SAPS Air Wing Dagga Ops to spray dagga crops?

ANSWER: The SAPS Air Wing uses a chemical called Kilo Max which is a glyphosate herbicide family. All precautions as contained in the “instructional pamphlet” are adhered to by members. Kilo Max has been scientifically and biologically proven to be non-toxic to ecosystem and humans. This was also confirmed by the study conducted by Dr Paul Kojo Mensa on the study titled “ Environmental Water quality Management of Glyphosate-based Herbicides in South Africa ,2012. The study was conducted in the Swartkops River (Eastern Cape area), it revealed that using a Glyphosate based herbicides (which Kilo Max is) had a negligible (if not at all) impact on the physicochemical and biological conditions. Therefore allegations that the chemical has a negative impact on the ecosystem and humans is baseless.

Further, all pilots involved in dagga spraying are trained, qualified and certified by both Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) and Civil Aviation Authority ( SACAA). They are registered with the DAFF and qualified to spray  Crops. They have a SACAA Rating on Crop Spraying.

Question 3: Who signed off on the authorisation of Dagga OPS?

ANSWER: The Ops was approved by the Component Head: Operational Mobilisation and Support Services as part of the SAPS Drug  Eradication Master Plan. It is an annual Dagga spray operation conducted by the Air Wing and it is contained in the SAPS Section  Annual Performance Plan 2014/15.

Then the struggle for information begun

We took up the offer presented by SAPS spokesperson Solomon Makgale and requested that he supply us with a copy of the SANAB Dagga Ops Environment Impact Assessment.

After our initial request was left unanswered we sent a second request for access to the assessment in which we also asked if the South African Police could recite any law that exempts them the from laws prohibiting destruction of property via air spraying without an arrest or physical proof of dagga.

The response we received was very disappointing as it did not contain the environment impact assessment.

Solomon Makgale’s response: “I believe that we have responded to all your questions. There is nothing new to add.”

By the 2nd of March we have sent our 5th request to receive a copy of the document as was offered in our email conversation with the SAPS spokesperson.

On the 3rd of March we decided that it is time to apply for access to information as afforded by the Promotion of Access to Information Act.

A J750 PAIA was filled in and sent off to the Department of Justice who then directed it to the attention of Information Officer at the South African Police Service.

The SAPS information Officer speedily notified us that the request has been received and that it may take up to 30 days to deliver upon the request and that a fee will definitely apply as stipulated in the fees section of the Promotion of Information Act.

Now we eagerly await the deadline which is around the middle of April, just in time for 4.20 D-Day.

The reason why the Environment Impact Assessment is so important is because without the backing of the assessment the it could mean that the South African Police Service have been conducting illegal dagga spray operations for the past 15 years.

Edit: After the article was published, yesterday, on the 17th of March we received confirmation that our application for access to the Dagga Ops Environment Impact Assessment was successful.

They have sent us the Notice of Request Fee and we must now pay R35 to receive the information.

2015-03-18 13.24.47

Expect more info soon.

Editor

CliffCentral – Laws of Life: Dagga

After an invitation by the Presidency for people to send suggestions for the State of the Nation Address, the request for dagga to be legalised made up the majority of the recommendations. Julian Stobbs and Myrtle Clark (The Dagga Couple) join the show, discussing how they are challenging the constitutionality of the Drugs and Drug Trafficking Act insofar as it relates to the use, possession and dealing of marijuana in SA.

Listen on CliffCentral.com