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The Marijuana Board of South Africa

SOUTH AFRICA

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About the MBOSA

MBOSA says Africa must claim its own cannabis heritage. In its reaction to the National Cannabis Master Plan (NCMP) it’s put heavy emphasis on cannabis being firmly part of SA’s indigenous knowledge framework and that reform should benefit existing cannabis growers. For good measure it’s reminded us of the untold parts of South African history such as the 1956 ‘Bergville Dagga War’, which ultimately resulted in the hanging of 22 Zulu warriors who’d murdered five police officers while defending their cannabis fields. The irony is they were hanged in 1957 on 21 March, what is widely celebrated in SA now as Human Rights Day. MBOSA has called for the commemoration of these warriors – government should pay heed that voice! And to the fact that its crooked police minister Bheki Cele and his uniformed thugs as being the biggest obstacle to cannabis reform in SA. Speak truth to power!