To get High, or not get High? The Legalization of Cannabis Use in a Private Capacity


Dr Abdul Kader Domingo, Specialist Psychiatrist and Senior Lecturer at Stellenbosch University and a member of the SA Society of Psychiatrists Special Group on Addictions;

Prof Keymanthri Moodley, Director of the Centre for Medical Ethics and Law, Faculty of Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University;

Prof Fraser McNeill, Associate Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Pretoria;

Prof Eva Manyedi, Associate Professor in the School of Nursing, North-West University and a member of the Central Drug Authority.


This roundtable, hosted by Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), in collaboration with the Nelson Mandela University and in media partnership with the Herald Live, focused on the implications of the recent decriminalisation of cannabis use in a private capacity. ASSAf President, Prof Jonathan Jansen, moderated the discussion.

The roundtable took place in the Music Room, Bird Street Campus at Nelson Mandela University on Wednesday, 21 November 2018


A multi-disciplinary panel of experts will debate the implications of the recent legislation amendment by the Constitutional Court that saw the decriminalization of cannabis use in private capacity. A good day and victory for users of cannabis, but what are the medical consequences and social considerations? The pro-lobbyists are not concerned with addiction issues and see no harm in recreational use, but in its response to the legalization, the South Africa Society of Psychiatrists (SASOP) noted with concern a growing public perception of cannabis as a ‘harmless’ plant. The panelists will offer their evidence-based and scientific views on this controversial subject and the related issues


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