Fact Check: No, government doesn't want you to buy dagga from pharmacy

Fact Check: No, government doesn't want you to buy dagga from pharmacy

- An article claiming the state wants citizens to purchase dagga from a pharmacist has been doing the rounds

- The report claimed a doctor's letter would be required to purchase marijuana from the local chemist

- Briefly.co.za explores the claim in a bid to separate fact from fiction

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Mpumalanga news agency 013 News shared a report claiming a script would be needed to purchase marijuana from a pharmacist.

The headline boasted that the government 'now wants people to buy zol from a pharmacist, using a doctor's letter'.

The post was shared by hundreds of citizens but Briefly.co.za gathers that the story was all smoke and no fire.

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Source: Facebook
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AfricaCheck debunked the claims, pointing out that the Constitutional Court, headed by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo who presided over the case, had decriminalised the private use of marijuana.

However, the 2018 ruling had not allowed for the drug to be purchased from a pharmacist, doctor's letter or not.

Tito Mboweni recently advocated for the plant to be used as a lucrative source of income for the nation.

The Finance Minister had taken to social media to promise citizens he would push for the legislation to move forward in a hurry after receiving an overwhelming amount of support for the plant to be farmed.

After spotting a plant growing on his farm, the politician had been taken by the idea of cashing in on the situation:

“The soil is ready in Magoebaskloof to grow it legally. The economy of Lusikisiki and Tzaneen is waiting for legal growth of the stuff! R4bn plus! Tax money.”

In times of economic difficulties and high unemployment rates, many are eager to get their slice of the sky-high pie.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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