Traditional healer in court for using Cannabis for medical purposes

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Healers’ organisations, other stakeholders to picket outside court in support

Masoka Dube

The Traditional Healers Organisation (THO) in partnership with the Cannabis Development Council of SA-Mpumalanga Chapter, the Bushbuckridge Rastafarian Forum, Local Healers’ Forum and other stakeholders will tomorrow gather at the Mkhuhlu Magistrate’s Court to support a local healer who was arrested for using Cannabis to treat asthma and cancer.

A local traditional healer, Esther Masinga from Tekamahala in Bushbuckridge has been fighting with authorities since it transpired that she was using Cannabis to treat her patients.

“ We are all going to court to ask government why the minority groups should be persecuted for their belief and culture, why not legalise medical cannabis, why they refuse the use of natural, effective health solutions in favour of only western pharmaceuticals,” said THO spokesperson Phephisile Maseko. He said they have invited over 100 people to picket outside the court and also attend the court hearing.

Maseko said traditional healers are not allowed to use Cannabis for medical purpose butthe westernised doctors are allowed to do so.

“We are still lobbying the government to decriminalise Cannabis for health purposes. They have already allowed a few companies to start cultivating but makes it difficult for us to be involved in the value chain,” said Maseko.