There's been great deal of debate surrounding the recent court judgment which marks a step towards the decriminalisation of dagga.
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.
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:
@Eusebius got potheads coming out the weedworks 😉— Koketso R Sachane (@KoketsoSachane) April 4, 2017
@Eusebius uAndrew MUST just claim that his car is his domicilium citandi et executandi.— Mzi Ndlovu (@ndlovu_mzingaye) April 4, 2017