Whilst many claims along the lines of ‘medical cannabis’ and ‘industrial applications’ are being thrown around by pro-cannabis lobbyists, and more specifically the ‘dagga couple’ themselves, we should not lose sight of the fact that the ‘dagga couple’ were originally arrested for the possession of large amounts of cannabis which they have openly stated they use recreationally.
In fact, recreational use of dagga is actually what this case is all about, and there is a lot at stake!
As the couple were originally arrested with enough dagga in their possession to be charged with drug dealing, should they lose this case, it is likely they will go to prison, and are doing all they can to escape prosecution, even if it means standing on the heads of the rest of society in order to save themselves from drowning.
Whilst this court case has been dubbed the “trial of the plant”, it has more to do with trying to escape the consequences of the law by having dagga legalized, which would result in criminal charges against the couple being dropped.
As a youth based organization, we believe that the ‘dagga couple’ is not acting in the best interests of South African society and that they have a disregard for the safety and wellbeing of our country's young people who would be the most harmed if dagga were to be legalized.
It is those who come from poorer areas where dagga use is rife, who live in communities which are severely affected by this drug, that will suffer the most.
A drug epidemic is destroying our young people at the very time that this case is taking takes place. These young people state almost unanimously that there problems with drugs began when they started smoking dagga.
But those who have been harmed by dagga know the truth and are not willing to remain silent on the issue.
Protests by groups of young people have been held outside the High Court in Pretoria since monday and are continuing today.
The youth will not remain silent whilst others try to trade their future for the right to use drugs freely and without fear of prosecution.