Parliament has 24 months to make dagga legal at home

Western Cape High Court ruled on Friday 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.

The successful application was brought to court by Dagga Party leader Jeremy Acton and Rastafarian Garreth Prince.

Garreth Prince has been fighting this battle for decades talks about this landmark judgment by the Western Cape High Court. He talks about to CapeTalk's Pippa Hudson about the victory.

It is a very positive day for the Rastafari community and the cannabis community in South Africa and the judgment finally vindicated us.

Garreth Prince, lawyer and Rastafarian

The ruling does not come as a surprise to me at all because I believe the time for Cannabis has come.

Garreth Prince, lawyer and Rastafarian

In a constitutional democracy, you might not agree with people's choices but you need to respect and tolerate them, and that is what the judgment today

Garreth Prince, lawyer and Rastafarian

He says it is not meant as a free-for-all for everyone to just start smoking Cannabis because the issue of substance abuse is one that needs to be addressed in a serious but reasonable way in South Africa.

Take a listen to Prince's journey and his story that has lead to this landmark victory:


This article first appeared on 702 : Parliament has 24 months to make dagga legal at home


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