Dagga: Some say high, some low

2017-04-06 06:02
Bongani Spili

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On Friday last week a landmark ruling was made by the Western Cape High Court that it is an infringement to ban the use of dagga by adults in their homes.

This means that possession, cultivation and use of the age-old herb is allowed, for private use at home.

Now all that remains is for the Constitutional Court to endorse the the decision and for parliament to change sections of the Drug Trafficking Act, as well as the Medicines Control Act.

This ruling was made following an application to decriminalise the drug by the Dagga Party leader Jeremy Acton and Rastafarian Garreth Prince.

They had told the court that laws prohibiting dagga use are unfair, discriminatory, outdated, and applied disproportionately to black users.

Following this ruling has evidently become a polarizing matter in the townships with users on cloud nine while others frowned upon this ruling.

CITY VISION took to the streets to seek the views of residents, some of whom were not even aware of the ruling.

BONGANI SPILI said: Making the use of dagga legal is not a good thing. There are many dangers that are the result of the use of drugs. I say it must remain an illegal substance.

MBULELO MINYELA said: I do not support it at all. Drugs are harmful to the body and they should not be legal.

XOLISWA NOMBEWU said: The court should come to us and discuss with us before they allow such things. Do they know that we have a problem of children taking drugs in our communities? Do they know that these children steal our grant money because they need to pay for their addiction? This really makes me angry because I don’t feel like they considered us when they made this decision.

NOZUKILE MKHANDLA said: We already have a big drug problem in our townships which results in a lot of crimes committed. I think it is a bad idea that wasn’t thought thoroughly.

MIHLALI SOGUTYU said: I think it’s a great decision because dagga is a natural herb that has been used by our forefathers. The only downside here is drug addicts who mix dagga with hard drugs such as indumbe (Mandrax).

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