Over the last few years, I have been silently supporting the legalization of weed (in solidarity with my friends that DO smoke the herb because I myself do not light it up…promise). So when I heard about the Dagga party I honestly thought it was one big joke. To my surprise, not only do they exist, they were actually planning to run in the upcoming elections. Their plans were on track (t-shirts, slogans, website etc.) until they had to pay a deposit fee just south of R500,000 to the IEC in order to be one of the parties contesting at the ballot on May 7th. If you don’t believe me, here are some useful links:
Now this got me thinking: How serious am I about my support for the legalization of weed? Am I willing to gamble with my future and actually vote for Iqela Lentsango(The Dagga Party in vernacular)? After all, elections are about choosing the kind of future you envision for your country, right? Right!
My simple answer is NO! Lighting up a joint every now and again is cool (so I am told), but that’s as far it goes, it’s fun. Hang on, before you chop of my head and say ‘but weed is also used for medicinal purposes’, have you ever considered lighting up a joint to cure yourself when you are sick? I rest my case! If you have considered it or if you have actually puffed on a joint in an attempt to heal yourself…RIP! Then again, others drink holy water! But I digress.
But just to play devil’s advocate, is there really a difference between our current leadership and being governed by ‘weed heads’. Think about it…“Fire pool”… really? The nearest competitors don’t offer much hope either; they can be real ‘muppets’ at times. Just the other day they invited people from all corners of the land to make an announcement of ‘national importance’ and we all know how that ended. I bet the dagga party is starting to look like a viable option at this point.
Unfortunately, come 7th May, they will not appear on ballot papers and voters will have to vote for one the already existing options *sigh*. I am glad I am ineligible to vote, all the electioneering leaves one with no choice but to look for an ‘escape’…actually, I have an idea, which I am going to implement right now (any guesses?).
Good luck to all voters come May 7th, our future is in your hands!