Legalise the holy herb

2016-12-15 06:01

Cannabis users in South Africa want the same rights as alcohol drinkers and cigarette smokers to use the herb without fear of arrest, Dagga Party leader Jeremy Acton said in the Western Cape High Court in Cape Town on Tuesday.

“We are vulnerable and our plant is also vulnerable and abused,” Acton said.

He said people wanted to be able to watch the rugby and smoke it openly in the same way rugby fans enjoy their beer, for example. People who wanted to use it for health reasons also wanted a choice between taking cannabis or an Aspirin, said Acton, a user for 27 years.

He said people caught using it were being treated unfairly, and mainly blacks were suffering because of this.

“Racial profiling with regard to cannabis in South Africa is absolutely disgusting. I have seen darker- skinned people stopped and searched without a warrant on the streets, and yet I walk past with my pocket full.”

Acton, Garreth Prince, and 18 plaintiffs are applying to the court for the Criminal Prohibition of Dagga Act (sections 4b and 5c), read with certain sections of Part III of Schedule 2 of the Drugs and Drug Trafficking Act, to be declared unconstitutional. Those sections make it a crime to possess a drug, unless it is for a variety of medical reasons. The Drugs and Trafficking Act defines what constitutes a drug. – News24

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