Dagga Party leader’s possession case withdrawn

2017-04-04 19:49
Smoking dagga on the steps of the High Court. (Jenni Evans, News24)

Smoking dagga on the steps of the High Court. (Jenni Evans, News24)

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Cape Town – Dagga party leader Jeremy David Acton’s dagga possession case was withdrawn in the Bellville Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.

A senior prosecutor called him into his office and told him he felt that the judges in his Constitutional Court dagga case had been too timid. They “should have allowed the carrying of a small amount on a person, as it does not assist enforcement to ease their workload”, Acton said in a Facebook post.

“He said that he would entirely withdraw charges in the matter."

Small amounts

Acton was caught with cannabis at Cape Town International Airport, while heading to the Central Drug Authority’s “Dagga Indaba” in Benoni, Gauteng, last year.

He appeared before the magistrate and he stamped “a lot of papers and wrote stuff, and closed the file and said charges were withdrawn and I was free to go”.

Acton hoped the “feeling” would be replicated in cases involving possession of small amounts of dagga. It was clear that there was support for the ruling from the law enforcement and prosecution sectors.

“I have heard many beautiful stories from across the country of Rastas inviting the cops to come puff with them, of everyone in a pub in the Eastern Cape lighting up spliffs on hearing the news and of the police telling people their cases are withdrawn.

“I hope to hear a million more stories of such good news,” he said.

Campaign for them

Acton and Rastafarian Garreth Prince were instrumental in Friday’s landmark Western Cape High Court ruling.

The court declared it an infringement to ban adults from using dagga in their homes. It allowed for the possession, cultivation and use of dagga at home for private use.

The court gave Parliament 24 months to change sections of the Drug Trafficking Act and the Medicines Control Act.

Acton said the dagga smoking community should remember those who were presently in jail for dagga-related charges and campaign for them.

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