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The Medicines Control Council says that strong enforcement will be required if cannabis is legalised for medicinal and research purposes in South Africa.

The Council briefed Parliament on its framework for medicinal cannabis access in the country.

Law enforcement officer at the Medical Controls Council, Griffith Molewa, says cannabis should be regulated just like any other schedule six medicine.

You have to bear in mind that cannabis is the most abused drug.

Griffith Molewa, Law Enforcement officer at the Medical Controls Council

We have put measures (in place) that schedule six substances have to be put under lock and key and they need to be registered at the pharmacy when dispensing.

Griffith Molewa, Law Enforcement officer at the Medical Controls Council

Also when it comes to manufacturing of schedule six substances, they need to be under lock and key. This is the kind of enforcement we are talking about.

Griffith Molewa, Law Enforcement officer at the Medical Controls Council

When it comes to the medical arena, we want to ensure that from the grower to whoever it is going to, do the extraction, to the wholesaler and retailer - that the supply chain is properly controlled all the way down.

Griffith Molewa, Law Enforcement officer at the Medical Controls Council

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This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Strong controls to be enforced for medical marijuana

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