In November, government took a massive leap, recognising marijuana as a prescription drug, rather than a banned substance.
JOHANNESBURG - The year 2016 saw Parliament announcing plans to set up the legal framework for the distribution of marijuana for medical use.
In November, government took a massive leap of recognising marijuana as a prescription drug, almost three years after the Medical Innovation Bill was first submitted to the National Assembly.
In early 2014, IFP MP Mario Ambrosini tabled a proposal to open up the medical sector to the legal use of marijuana.
He had late-stage lung cancer; he swore that the unconventional and illegal medical treatment had extended his life.
Ambrosini used an extract of THC – the principal psychoactive constituent of cannabis -- and argued that there was no rational argument to outlawing medical marijuana to people who needed it.
Almost two years after he took his life, the government is now investigating how to legalise the use of cannabinoids for medical purposes.
Watch Nickolaus Bauer's report .