The leader of the Dagga Party of South Africa, Jeremy Acton started smoking cannabis in 1987 and after doing extensive research, realised that cannabis is not just a recreational drug, but a plant that has much to offer in terms of economic development.
Acton explains how cannabis provides an opportunity for economic development and health benefits.
He speaks about the technology of cannabis.
Cannabis is a carbon sequestrating technology. It makes use of solar power and water efficient uptake of irrigation and sequesters carbon from the atmosphere as it builds the body of the plant.— Jeremy Acton, Leader - Dagga Party
The top of the plant offers the most nutritious seed on earth with all the balance of proteins and fatty acids that the body needs.— Jeremy Acton, Leader - Dagga Party
We have 6 million children going hungry in South Africa and yet we ban this protein from our food supply.— Jeremy Acton, Leader - Dagga Party
Acton announced the party's partnership with African Democratic Change, and how they plan to contest the upcoming May national elections.
They have more resources and have slightly broader constituency than the cannabis people of South Africa.— Jeremy Acton, Leader - Dagga Party
We are very pleased to be included in their mission because they fully support the legalisation of cannabis and the promotion of the people-centred economy.— Jeremy Acton, Leader - Dagga Party
Acton says the economic benefits of cannabis will offer the disadvantaged people something to do instead of resorting to gangsterism and criminal activities.
He says it will serve as a unifier in communities that are divided.
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This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Dagga Party joins forces with African Democratic Change in bid for 2019 election