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S.African lawmaker who backed cannabis for medical use dies

Young marijuana plants are pictured on July 26, 2012 in a warehouse in Cape Town, South AfricaA South African opposition lawmaker who had called for the legalisation of cannabis for medical use died Saturday after a battle with lung cancer, his party said. Mario Oriani-Ambrosini, a member of the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), had opted for alternative treatment for the disease instead of chemotherapy after his diagnosis over a year ago. A lawyer-turned-politician of Italian descent, Oriani-Ambrosini was born in Rome in 1960, before moving to South Africa as an adult.

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