Dr Jan Chabalala, Former President of the SA Psychiatry Association:
“Dagga is as addictive as heroin. Once people smoke they become dissociative and lethargic. If you have low self-esteem and you smoke dagga you literally start building castles in the air, thinking that you own a big business and making plans to run that business, etc.
“It makes people very, very aggressive. Some of the most aggressive acts I’ve seen have been committed by people under the influence of cannabis.”
“Cannabis makes people more benign than anything else. It’s better to be in that condition than, say, to be under the influence of other legal substances such as alcohol.
“I don’t think there is a single police officer in the country that could tell you that they’d gone to a domestic dispute because somebody had smoked cannabis.”
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