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High hopes for potential cash cow that’s mind-blowing for those in pain

Medical marijuana industry a godsend for pain sufferers and could be the same for the economy and job creation

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Kwanda Mtetwa, who suffered serious multiple injuries in a 2011 motorbike crash, was so desperate for alternative and safe pain treatment that he grew marijuana when it was still illegal to do so.

Now the 32-year-old has become the first South African to receive a legal prescription for medical marijuana, a growing industry that some believe could bolster economies, help people suffering from chronic pain and create jobs.

“I was bedridden for eight months and relying on heavy pain medication. My mood shifted and my character changed ... I wasn’t eating and grew thin. The whole time the pain continued and I didn’t sleep for days. ..

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