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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/9848

Title: Cannabis sativa and rural livelihoods in South Africa: politics of cultivation, trade and value in Pondoland
Authors: Kepe, Thembela
Issue Date: Dec-2003
Publisher: Carfax Publishing
Citation: Development Southern Africa, 20, (5), 605-615
Abstract: Current debate on Cannabis sativa in South Africa has centred on its positive and negative effects on health, as well as its decriminalisation. The contribution of cannabis (dagga) to the livelihoods of people who inhabit some of the poorest parts of the country has thus far been largely ignored. Using a case study of a village in Pondoland, this article argues that while cannabis makes a significant contribution to the livelihoods of many households, the values derived by cannabis farmers vary widely, as determined by social difference, the illegal nature of cannabis production and trade, and the cannabis commodity chain. Furthermore, lobbies to legalise cannabis will not necessarily yield positive results for poor rural cannabis growers, as this could result in lower prices due to the possibility of increased supply, as well as the fact that illegality is what currently keeps the prices fairly high.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/9848
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