PsychMG doctor warns ruling will tempt kids to dabble with dagga

The Psychiatry Management Group (PsychMG) has warned that caution must be applied to the ruling that dagga can be used privately in homes.

Read: High Court OKs possession, use and cultivation of dagga at home

The Western Cape High Court declared it is an infringement to ban the use of marijuana by adults in their private homes on Friday.

This effectively means adults can possess, grow and use dagga at home, for private use only. It does not make it legal to be used in public or to be sold.

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

The successful application to decriminalise dagga was driven by Dagga Party leader Jeremy Acton and Rastafarian lawyer Garreth Prince.

PsychMG board member Dr Shaquir Salduker explains that dagga usage negatively affects brain function.

He says dagga can lead to psychiatric illness or intensify existing mental conditions among patients.

According to Dr Salduker, the dagga court ruling will encourage young and impressionable children to try it.

He advises that young people are the most vulnerable to the long-term, irreversible developmental side-effects of dagga.

If you're saying it's okay to smoke in the privacy of your home, you're also saying to young people that it's okay.

Dr Shaquir Salduker, PsychMG board member

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