Thaver‚ who is also the founder of Canna Culture and chair of the KwaZulu-Natal branch of the Cannabis Development Council of SA‚ said Deutsch‚ a homoeopath and a general practitioner would consult with patients at the centre before dispensing a medicinal cannabis formula‚ based on their ailments.
He claimed the component of the cannabis plant used for medicinal products was legal in South Africa‚ therefore “everything was above board” at the centre.
But that didn’t stop police from descending on the centre’s doorstep once news of its opening went public.
“They thought we were going to be dispensing dagga which makes one high. Yes‚ this centre is in readiness for when cannabis is legalised in the country but for now it’s about medicinal cannabis‚” Thaver said.
In March last year the Western Cape High Court ruled that laws prohibiting the use of cannabis and the possession‚ purchase or cultivation of it in private homes and for personal consumption were unconstitutional.
In his ruling Judge Dennis Davis gave Parliament 24 months to make the relevant changes to legislation on dagga but added that until the law was changed cannabis was still an illegal substance.
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