Drug Policy Dialogues: Combining Evidence and Praxis to Impact Cannabis Policy Discourses in Africa

Introduction The year 2023 has been an eventful one for the Cannabis Africana: Drugs and Development in Africa project. The project is jointly run by the Universities of Bristol (in the UK) and Cape Town (in South Africa). It is an interdisciplinary study of cannabis in sub-Saharan Africa, focusing on its impact on livelihoods as … Read more

Cannabis Africana Cape Town Methods Workshop

Introduction The Cannabis Africana project hosted a Methods Workshop at the University of Cape Town in South Africa from 21-22 November 2022. The first day was divided into morning and afternoon sessions. Day 1 Sessions The morning session focused on the project itself, its journey thus far, and some of the emerging findings from the … Read more

Reassessing drug markets and policies across African countries

INTRODUCTION The subject of drugs and drug markets in Africa is highly debated and contested as a field of research. The organisers of the 24hr Conference on Organised Crime hosted a panel titled ‘Africa and drugs: Rewriting the tale? Presenting the forthcoming JIED Special issue on drugs markets and policies in Africa.’ The conference dates … Read more

Bristol Poverty Institute Showcase 2022 – Poster Presentation

Introduction On 30 June 2022 the Cannabis Africana project teamed with the Hidden Narratives project to do a poster presentation at the Bristol Poverty Institute. Our presentation focused on illicit livelihoods in Africa. Specifically, we explored how drug policies reproduces poverty in the African context. For more details on the content check our abstract below. … Read more

Cannabis Africana Project Launch Recordings

The Cannabis Africana: Drugs and Development in Africa project was officially launched on 7 June 2022, at 3PM UK Time. A lot of people had expressed interest to attend the launch, and many did manage to join the online event. As project members, we are grateful for the support we received from colleagues. You can … Read more

ASAA 2022 Panel: Africa and Cannabis – Historical Narratives and Contemporary Debates

Cannabis has and continues to play an important role in a number of African societies, not only as an intoxicant but medicine, as a cultural marker, political topic and economic tool. This panel seeks to explore the multiplicity of understandings of cannabis and the role it has played in shaping the development of African societies. … Read more

Respect and Respectability: Cultures of khat and cannabis in East Africa’

13th October 2020 – University of Lucerne. Seminar paper presented by Neil Carrier As substances often described as ‘drugs of abuse’, khat and cannabis are perceived negatively by many, including in East Africa where they have garnered much notoriety. However, these substances are not solely viewed through a 20th Century ‘war on drugs’ prism, and … Read more

The Policing and Regulatory Context of Cannabis in South Africa

Present Realities and Future Possibilities 27 – 28 February 2020 – Cannabis Conference, Garden Court Hotel, East London organised by Vukani Communications Dr Simon Howell’s presentation around the laws and protocols surrounding the South African Police Services modus operandi and why they do what they do regarding policing South Africa’s cannabis and other illicit narcotic … Read more