Former cabinet minister and long-standing labour activist, Jay Naidoo, has written an article in the Daily Maverick about his wife’s health problems brought on my menopause and how she cured them with cannabis during a time when it was still illegal.
Joanne Joseph spoke to Naidoo about the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes but also as a tool of economic empowerment.
Naidoo says there are over a hundred symptoms and diseases that the plant is used for and says South Africans should keep an open mind about the herb.
What I am suggesting is lets have an open mind about how this could be an incredibly important sector from a health point of view, economic and cultural point of view because thousands of sangomas in this country have used this indigenous medicinal herb for hundreds of years.— Jay Naidoo, former cabinet minister and labour activist
The stigma is largely driven by different interests. We have this opportunity to transform something that has been stigmatised only for 1% of the time it has been used in the last 100 years and there is clearly no reason for this.— Jay Naidoo, former cabinet minister and labour activist
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