When pot pans out…
Marijuana, aka, pot, dagga, grass and weed, users across South Africa are victorious as South Africa’s Constitutional Court has since the 18th of September 2018, officially legalised marijuana for use in a private capacity. Marijuana was given the green light for “personal use”. That is as far as it goes though.
What we cannot do : No dealing, no selling OR smoking outside of our homes.
What we can do : Grow it, use it, cultivate on our property.
What Government has yet to do : Work the clauses into the legal system, investigate the potential for sin taxes and rethink how users can buy dagga. More worrying though, how to handle the people already arrested for possession of dagga?
Concerns : Like drunken driving, surely this will lead to intoxication? A breathalyser is not going to cut it…. And dagga remains in the body for hours to days , which means that the person is not necessarily intoxicated.
Allowed to grow it but how to get the seeds? One would have to buy it? Which would meaning selling it? That’s illegal. So yes, questions are many and for sure, there are many grey areas that need to be investigated and ironed out.
As a little girl, I always heard that marijuana is BAD. I have since learned that this humble healing herb is advantageous in that it can alleviate and ease in the following :
2. Alzheimers Disease
4. Multiple sclerosis
5. Parkinson Disease.
There are drawbacks such as :
1. Marijuana is addictive
2. May impair memory
3. May cause anxiety and paranoia
South Africa has joined the ranks of Uruguay who in 2013 became the first country in the world to legalise, distribute and consume marijuana. Chile followed in 2015, Columbia in 2013 and Mexico, Argentina and Peru followed in 2017 by legalising for medicinal uses. Coffee lovers scored when marijuana was used and sold in the Netherlands and Amsterdam in 1976.
So???? Have you tried it? Will you try? What do you think?
Do tell, we are all ears!
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