'Cannabis should be given the same treatment as alcohol and tobacco'

The Constitutional Court will on Tuesday be handing down judgment on the question of whether or not to decriminalise cannabis use.

The Western Cape High Court last year made a landmark ruling, declaring that it is an infringement to ban the use of dagga by adults in their private homes.

However, leader of the Dagga Party, Gareth Prince says they will be challenging that High Court ruling that the cannabis laws as they currently stand violate equality laws.

He says the users of alcohol and tobacco are allowed to use these substances however they wish.

Prince says there is no truth in the misconceptions that cannabis is harmful.

Read: Canada has legalised marijuana, could South Africa follow suit?

These are all popular misconceptions and people should inform themselves with the truth. It is unfortunate that the whole debate around cannabis has been informed by conjecture and outright lies.

Gareth Prince, leader of the Dagga Party

We need to separate the whole debate from all of the emotionalism that it has been involved in and apply reason in order to make this work for South Africa.

Gareth Prince, leader of the Dagga Party

Prince argues that a democratic government has no right to decide for its citizens but citizens should rather be given space to make their own choices.

If a particular practice does not threaten others in the exercise of their rights, then that particular practice must be tolerated by others in such a democracy.

Gareth Prince, leader of the Dagga Party

To hear the rest of the conversation, listen below:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : 'Cannabis should be given the same treatment as alcohol and tobacco'


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
[WATCH]  Has John Travolta lost his dance moves?

[WATCH] Has John Travolta lost his dance moves?

Khabazela shares tweets, Facebook posts and YouTube videos on What's Gone Viral.

Legalisation of dagga in the United States is reducing violent crime - study

Legalisation of dagga in the United States is reducing violent crime - study

Legal dagga is crippling Mexican drug trafficking organisations, leading to a remarkable drop in violent crime rates.

The time has come to free cannabis, says activist Gareth Prince

The time has come to free cannabis, says activist Gareth Prince

Rastafarian lawyer Gareth Prince has been advocating for the emancipation of cannabis in SA for 17 years. This is his journey.

 Britain's Prince Harry to marry US actress Meghan Markle

Britain's Prince Harry to marry US actress Meghan Markle

A spokesman for Buckingham Palace said the queen, who had to give her assent for the union, and her husband Prince Philip were delighted.

Strong controls to be enforced for medical marijuana

Strong controls to be enforced for medical marijuana

The Medicines Control Council has briefed Parliament on its framework for medicinal cannabis.

'If you don't like dagga, you're not going to like the future', says lobbyist

'If you don't like dagga, you're not going to like the future', says lobbyist

The Clear Option's CEO, Quintin van Kerken, says the State has failed to make a convincing argument against legalising cannabis.

'Let's replace sugar production in SA with hemp'

'Let's replace sugar production in SA with hemp'

As the sugar industry faces possible job losses and mill closures, Hemporium's Tony Budden proposes benefits of hemp production.

State wants evidence struck off in dagga couple case

State wants evidence struck off in dagga couple case

The court case was adjourned on Wednesday and will continue on Thursday.

Angry anti-drug activist from Eldorado Park says no to dagga legalisation

Angry anti-drug activist from Eldorado Park says no to dagga legalisation

Doreleen James runs a rehab centre and says most of the addicts in the centre started with dagga.

Eugene Khoza flips the script on The Week that Wasn’t

Eugene Khoza flips the script on The Week that Wasn’t

Redi Thlabi spoke with funnyman Eugene Khoza about his new live comedy show Never Ready, with a few gags and giggles in between.

Popular articles
Steenhuisen voted DA's interim leader, Meyer chosen as interim federal chair

Steenhuisen voted DA's interim leader, Meyer chosen as interim federal chair

John Steenhuisen and Makashule Gana were both gunning for the DA's top position left vacant following Mmusi Maimane's resignation.

SAA doesn't have cash flow to pay unions what they want, says airline exec

SAA doesn't have cash flow to pay unions what they want, says airline exec

Thousands of SAA workers, including cabin crew, technical and ground staff, began striking on Friday to demand higher pay.

Karatbars – is it a scam? The case for and against…

Karatbars – is it a scam? The case for and against…

Bruce Whitfield interviews senior Karatbars representatives, a financial advisor and someone who was invited to its conference.

We have bent over backwards, it appears unions don't want to settle - SAA

We have bent over backwards, it appears unions don't want to settle - SAA

Sacca president, Zazi Nsibanyoni-Anyiam Mugambi and airlines acting CFO Deon Fredricks weigh in on the strike facing the airline.

Can’t find your phone? Drop everything – thieves can get into your banking app!

Can’t find your phone? Drop everything – thieves can get into your banking app!

Did someone steal your phone? Contact your bank without hesitation warns consumer journalist Wendy Knowler.

'Unions are making a mistake. SAA is dying. It’s not Eskom – we don’t need it'

'Unions are making a mistake. SAA is dying. It’s not Eskom – we don’t need it'

SAA is on its knees, cap in hand, asking taxpayers for R2 billion this month. Unions must be careful, warns Guy Leitch (SA Flyer).

White pupils at posh Kingswood College refer to black scholars as 'snoobab'

White pupils at posh Kingswood College refer to black scholars as 'snoobab'

"This problem is bigger than just a Kingswood problem. The relevant processes will unfold," says College Head Colleen Vassiliou.

Investors need to understand redress and sensitivities, says Eusebius

Investors need to understand redress and sensitivities, says Eusebius

Eusebius engages callers on the Richard Branson tweet that has been widely criticised for lacking diversity.