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Roll one, smoke one? Callers share where they stand on dagga ruling

4 April 2017 1:20 PM

Listeners judge for themselves following the landmark ruling on dagga use in private homes.

There's been great deal of debate surrounding the recent court judgment which marks a step towards the decriminalisation of dagga.

Read: Why State's case against home dagga use was flawed - analyst

Last week, the Western Cape High Court ruled that it’s an infringement to ban the use and cultivation of dagga by adults in private homes.

Parliament now has 24 months to rewrite parts of the Drug Trafficking Act that criminalises the use, possession and cultivation of dagga at home.

Also read: Parliament has 24 months to make dagga legal at home

Presenter Eusebius McKaiser asked listeners to share their views on the landmark ruling, and this is what they had to say:

If you criminalise the users and not the people doing the dealing then you end up with a huge problem... Don't criminalise it, introduce programmes that reduce harm.

Dr Sue Goldstein, Programme Executive at Soul City Institute for Social Justice

Alcohol, by far, causes more harm in our country than dagga does... If it were introduced today, it would definitely be banned.

Dr Sue Goldstein, Programme Executive at Soul City Institute for Social Justice

Of course cannabis can be harmful, but you can [also] kill yourself with 20 Panados.

Richard, caller

I welcome this judgment because it puts the onus and responsibility on individuals to educate society about the damaging effects of addiction.

John, caller

I believe in the legalisation of cannabis, but I don't smoke for medicinal purposes or for health, I just enjoy the effects.

Bruce, caller

Take a listen to all the comments from callers below:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Roll one, smoke one? Callers share where they stand on dagga ruling


4 April 2017 1:20 PM