I f ganja be made legal, who will reap first leaf?

2017-08-10 06:03
KasibiztalkMandla Mahashe

KasibiztalkMandla Mahashe

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Depending on the time of the day, greetings to all and sundry.

I would like us to turn our attention to the issue of Dagga.

I have not become an overnight Rastafarian, and I won’t be sporting dreadlocks any time soon, I solemnly swear.

Lets talk about the business of dagga. The distribution and selling of this herb is still illegal in this country despite a landmark judgement ruling favouring its legalisation.

In March the Western Cape High Court declared that it is an infringement to ban the use of dagga by adults in private homes.

The court also ruled that Parliament must change sections of the Drug Trafficking Act, as well as the Medicines Control Act within 24 months to accommodate this.

I would imagine this would be great news for users of the herb, especially those that believe in its healing faculties, including the late IFP MP Mario Ambrosini who died fighting for the drug to be legalized for medical purposes. He died of cancer.

Then there is also the so-called case of the dagga couple, Julian Stobbs and Myrtle Clarke, who have gone to court to fight for its legalisation, cultivation and distribution in the North Gauteng High Court.

If South Africa were to make the use of marijuana legal it wouldn’t be the first country to do so, with the Netherlands, Portugal and some states in America being the first.

In Denmark and Holland it is legal for recreational use but in the US it is mainly for medical purposes.

This has sparked a chain of thought should the herb be legalised.

Who benefits from its sale? Will the merchants be able to sell it or will big corporates be granted licenses first. It is an interesting thought because it does feel like very few people are keen on this. I can understand that because we grew up with the drug being stigmatized as a gateway drug and making people lose their marbles.

I personally know a few people that were diagnosed with what doctors call marijuana-induced psychosis.

Be that as it may, I hope when it is really and truly legal, it will be business as usual.

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