Marijuana Legalized in South Africa? The Odds Are Looking Good

The current legal status of marijuana in South Africa, as we all know, is illegal. But it’s pretty apparent that the market just keeps on growing; busts are getting bigger and more people are opening up about their support for the herb.

Protesters walk through Cape Town for the Global Marijuana March. May 2012

This is a trend not only in South Africa, but all over the world. The U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime’s “World Drug Report” states that between 119 million to 224 million of people 18 and older used marijuana in 2010, making it the most consumed illicit drug in the world. The simple fact is that prohibition doesn’t work, at all. But that isn’t what this article is about. Before we get on to the great possibility of weed being legal in SA, we first need to have a little chat about the United States of America.

America is largely responsible for the worlds’ archaic views on cannabis. It all started with one man, Harry J Anslinger. After prohibition of alcohol had ended, Anslinger was appointed head of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics.

“Marijuana is an addictive drug which produces in its users insanity, criminality, and death.”
“Reefer makes darkies think they’re as good as white men.”

By using mass media as his weapon, Anslinger propelled his anti-marijuana sentiment to a national movement by spreading false truths, fear, racism and propaganda. By 1937 cannabis became illegal in an act drafted by Anslinger himself. By 1973, president Nixon had officially declared a War on Drugs and formed the current Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Before all of this, cannabis was perfectly legal in most parts of the world, but America’s firm place in the global economy ensured that their views on drug policy were seen internationally.

Fast forward 20 years and America sees it’s first medical marijuana law take shape in California, voted in for the people, by the people – a first step towards the re-legalization of Cannabis. There are currently 18 American States that have medical marijuana laws in place, but there’s still a big issue at hand; Cannabis is considered illegal under federal law. This has led to lots of clashes with the DEA, mostly in the form of arrests and raids on medical marijuana dispensaries and patients. Tax paying businesses which are fully legal under state law are being undermined and ruined by the Feds.

DEA raids oaksterdam university

federal agents raid Oaksterdam University, a university in California that provides training for the cannabis industry

A few years ago we wrote about California’s Proposition 19. It was an initiative that would allow Californians to vote on whether cannabis should be legally traded and regulated for recreational use within their State. The vote went down to the wire in 2010, with the proposition losing by an extremely narrow margin. It was a sad day for marijuana activists and supporters across the globe, as what would have been a legalization ice breaker instead fell by the wayside.

Over the past few years, we have seen huge momentum and growth in the US marijuana movement, resulting in both Colorado and Washington fully legalizing marijuana for adult recreational use. The plan is to have a legal and regulated industry for growers, retailers and users. The industry itself may take a few months to be setup and there will undoubtedly be a few teething pains as it takes shape. A few rules also go along with these new laws, but the short and sweet of it is that citizens of these States will no longer be criminals for possessing marijuana.

Cannabis legalization in Colorado and Washington is a huge step forward and indicates just how fast America is approaching the Cannabis legalization tipping point.

The move beyond simple decriminalization cements these States firmly in the path of conflicting Federal marijuana laws which fiercely oppose the use of marijuana for any reason whatsoever and will be the litmus test for other States who also wish to move in the legalization direction; as well as testing the reaction of the United Nations. Although decriminalization of marijuana is permitted at the discretion of the respective country (aka Amsterdam), legalization is not permissible under the UN’s Single Convention of Narcotic Drugs; a policy that is under increasing fire due to its counter productivity far outshining its unachievable and misguided intentions.

The War on Drugs has first and foremost been a war on people, initiated by fundamentalist leaders who saw no need to define global drug policies on little more than their judgemental ideals, and yet they have maintained their vice-like grip no matter how epic a fail this policy has repeatedly been proven to be. The line has been drawn in the sand as the US tally now stands at 18 States allowing for medical use and 2 allowing for recreational use, with millions of dollars to be legally made and saved. If California alone can generate over 100 million Dollars in tax revenue per year from the legal sale of medical marijuana (forget hemp and recreational marijuana), shouldn’t we as South Africans, at the very least, be discussing this issue more openly?

What about South Africa?

Unlike Americans, South Africans do not have the luxury of being allowed to decide our laws at a provincial or national level via policies that have been petitioned and qualified for a public vote. We instead have our freedom and liberty defined by politicians who consistently display how out of touch they are or how little they care for the citizens of South Africa, often using our Constitution as little more than an occasional guideline that can be ignored if it does not fit their agenda.

A case in point is The Dagga Couple, who are fighting their way to the Constitutional Court in a bid to assert our right to consume cannabis without persecution. Their case is gaining support from the public and continued media attention is bringing the discussion out into the public domain. This will be the second time our Constitutional Court faces a case regarding the cannabis use, with the current case from The Dagga Couple being fundamentally different in that it seeks to not be limited to religious grounds as was the previous case of Gareth Prince. Another defining factor is public participation in this case in order to demonstrate that this is not a case of two individuals verse the law, but rather a country full of individuals verse the law; individuals who should not be considered criminals simply for consuming cannabis.

Hands need to be raised though to show how large the support for legalization in South Africa is and you can do your bit by completing The Dagga Couple’s petition. As it did in Colorado and Washington, public support is needed in South Africa to make this change happen sooner rather than later.

Week 2 and South Africa's first private hemp plants are growing fast. The rows of seedlings can be seen from a distance.

Already South Africa’s first hemp crop in over a century has sprouted and is on its way to showing fruit, thanks to the immense work done by Tony Budden of Hemporium. A first hand example of what we have to gain from hemp alone will go a long way in showing what we have to gain from cannabis overall.

The big question remains though… “How long ‘till its legalized”? The answer… “How long is a piece of string”? It really is all relative, but the more we push together the sooner we will see change. Colorado and Washington have shown that there is no longer any “if” about the matter.

The “when” is up to us.

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280 Responses so far

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  1. shlabani says:

    If the herb was a drug which drug factory produces it and the other known drugs were do they grow. Its time to face the facts herb is natural and should be treated so. Legalizing it is human right.

    • Anonymous says:

      I agreeeeeeeeeeeeee………… Im so sick and tired of hearing people used the phase dagga is a drug .. serious grow up. its a herb legalize it..

  2. Gunter Golke says:

    I may be wrong , but , I believe that Aspen Pharmaceuticals has a massive dagga plantation somewhere in the Eastern Cape?If that is the case , then how have they managed to “legally” cultivate an illegal plant while the rest of us would be arrested on sight?

  3. Gunter Golke says:

    Ironic how the Israelis who are a massively staunch ally of the United States have been quietly cultivating dagga since the 1970′s.It’s amazing what some nations can get away with while the rest of us are forced to sit in the dark.Truly sad.

  4. Gunter Golke says:

    Can you imagine if CBD Cannabis was actually legalised for medicinal purposes.The pharmaceutical lobby would be furious – they would lose significant market share in a number of therapeutic classes.They would be forced to give away their man made crap.

  5. Gunter Golke says:

    The wonderful aspect of CBD Cannabis is that it is a naturally made medicinal cure for various disorders and probably many more disorders which still have to be explored while using CBD. The main advantage of this plant is that it belongs to everyone and not some greedy pharmaceutical underbelly!

  6. Steve says:

    What I think we need here in S.A. is for someone,
    or an originsation, to do a valid proposal that demonstrates
    to the goverment just how much money they would stand to make, by regulating
    and controling it.
    Pointing out to the “powers that be” the medical / health benefits.
    assosiated with it, I think, will not do the trick. As we all know
    they really don’t give a toss about how healthy we all are.
    But when they understand just how much they stand to gain financially,
    well, I’m pretty sure they will see it as another big gravy train pulling into
    the staion, and they’ll want to jump on board.

  7. Shado says:

    Fuck that…I wanna get high without getting my ass arrested

  8. Shado says:

    Fuck that…I wanna get high without getting my ass arrested.

  9. kellikelvi says:

    If weed was legal in sa , medical dispensers and seed companies would be open and this will cause job creation and get people to start business. This will be a WIN-WIN situation for the smokers and the country

  10. Legalization of de herb is good economical strategy to create massive job opportunity in south africa!

  11. David says:

    One of the bigger problems I believe is how misinformed the public is. When I argued with my mother on the subject she stated that she heard weed makes people aggresive…nuff said!

  12. JJ FLY says:

    Cannabis generally is less harmful than alcohol. I have never heard of a guy who smoked a joint and then went home and beat up his wife, that is something a drunk would do.

    There are medical benefits such as the those for cancer patients.

    It could be a source of additional tax revenues!!!!!!

    Police and court resources would be freed up for more serious crimes.

    Drug dealers would lose most or all of their business.

    Like sex, alcohol, or cigarettes, marijuana is one of life’s little pleasures!!!!!!

    Aside from recreational drug use, Cannabis has several industrial and commercial uses, as over 25,000 products can be made from the crop.
    Drug busts often trap young people in a flawed system that turns them into lifelong criminals.

  13. Peter john organic grower of veg says:

    Ive been arrested in december 2012 for growing cannabis which has been bought for maybe 12 yrs for my birds (parrots) which then got into the compose heep and grew big but very spindelly or long shoots the analises has come back as dagga do the forensics know the difference and if i sold it it would be a different situation but the took my birds food and due to this ive not bread a parrot since then why can we not let nature take its course to feed nutrition to our birds

  14. giepie says:

    please take note ur so called cannebis in south afrika is called DAGA and is armful drug. it will never be legalised.

    • Jason says:

      You know nothing

    • Spyker says:

      Cannabis, Dagga, harmful. Now that your spelling is sorted out let us move on from that.

      First educate yourself on the facts then come and make comments free from spelling mistakes and try to have a valid point.

      • frankieknuckles says:


        You forgot South Afrika. But with a name like Giepie, it is understandable that he knows jackshit regarding the benefits of cannabis.
        Probably some inbred hillbilly.

        Cannabis will be legalised in South Africa.

    • Phillip"Skull"Kotze says:

      Girlie. You are a ignorant Afrikaans person who in turn makes the rest of South African people come across as been uninformed and just plain stupid. Firstly it is spelt Dagga and cannabis and the word is harmfull not armful and in English you spell it africa not afrika. So “hou jou bek and have another double brandy and coke.”

      • The Don says:

        hahah epic! Vat so fokken afrikaaner ! xD so badly chooned!

      • Wynand Fokken Bothma says:

        First of all, Giepie is obviously an ignoramus.

        But The Don and Phillip… your “ignorant Afrikaans person” and “vat so fokken afrikaaner” comments are idiotic. Go fuck yourselves. To generalize like that you yourselves are idiotic twits who can’t think for yourselves.

        I have a lot of English friends who are staunchly ignorant and biased when it comes to MJ… The fact that giepie is Afrikaans has nothing to do with the fact that he is Afrikaans, nor does he represent what an Afrikaner is. So GTFO with you “Afrikaaner” comments!

      • Wynand Fokken Bothma says:

        Sorry meant to say: The fact that giepie is Afrikaans has nothing to do with the fact that he is 1. a dumbass, 2. uneducated, 3. has this biased attitude against the herb.

      • Leon says:

        Dom poes myt naaier

    • Phillip"Skull"Kotze says:

      Hi all. Besides for the economic growth and all other benefits that we as a society might reap from legalization there is one problem that we should have a look at.
      Not all smokers and future smokers have the “right” dealer/supplier. This in turn makes it a scary thing when from the townships and many other of the street dealers are selling chemically treated weed that is harmful to users.
      Very bad substandard weed is been treated with embalming powder and this in turn is sold to the unsuspecting public.
      I believe the term “nyope” might ring true to some smokers out there.
      And to top it all of we are currently fighting a huge battle in this country against crystal meth or more commonly known as tik. And yes even though crystal meth sounds cool and the word tik not so much, this is what is happening. So before having a freak out about weed/marijuana/ganja/Dagga/reefer/spliff/ call it what you want let’s as the government what exactly are they doing in combatting the crystal/tik problem.
      Just a week ago two woman were bust at a house in Myerton on the out reaches of Gauteng with huge quantities of Meth.
      This is the drug Tik that has been a problem in the Cape for the past ten years, so because the government has done less then nothing will now only concentrate on making a truck load of money from weed and still do nothing to combat the actual problem

    • The Fuck Are you talking about? says:

      Fuck you. Weed is great as it is. You should wake up and smell the cannabis.

    • reefaLORD says:

      il be blowing smoke in faces of people like you GIEPIE… my weed be free soon thru JAHPOWERS

    • jean says:

      jo.. you don’t know wat your talking about .. aNd its DAGGA ..And try it u wil see its a blessing

    • chaghi says:

      put the h on harmful plis

    • ColdFire says:

      You are an idiot and will never be intelligent ass :-)

      • marry says:

        that thing makes peeps to be crazy…,i work in psyvh ward peeps do crazy staff in there bcos of ths thing u calling ur God…,m a medical student and its heart breaking to c peeps talking salad words bcos of ths kaak

    • Liza says:

      God made weed and man made booze who do you trust? LEGALIZE MARIJUANA bless it be! So everybody (smokers and non) should just CALM the fuck down and smoke a joint! Puff puff pass…

    • edmund welthagen says:

      go back to sleep boy!!!!!!!!ARE YOU ON CRACK OR TIK?

    • John says:

      It is called harmfull and not armful you stupid prick. A armfull is what i would like to smoke. I bet you still believe in the AWB you fucken stupid piece of shit

    • Gerry says:

      It should definitely be legalized, its not harmful at all, check your facts, its people like you who keep this miracle plant from its full potential

    • Jape the j says:

      I actually find it quite funny that all the people who support marijuana on this site have great spelling, but the first person that I see who is against it can’t spell at all :’D oh the irony.

  15. dylan says:

    Yeh keep it up on Ganjah, more Fire Brothers-Dagga is been my Life eversince,JAH BLESS.

  16. Thandi says:

    The re-legalization of marijuana and hemp might just be one of the greatest social and economic revolutions to hit our planet. It would create entirely new industries and unleash a wave of creativity never seen before in this country and worldwide.The efforts of these gallant fighters who are standing up for nature will be remembered by history. Even the shape of our economy is changing, from rigid money chasing power mongers to servants of the earth and all who live in it. This new economy will feature a great number of marijuana users who subscribe to the free will of man and the responsibility which comes with it. It is time we enjoyed a puff without the fear of jail, social ridicule and self sensorship. It is time we pursued the great creativity which comes with marijuana without fear of ridicule, completely free to think outside the box, so to speak!

  17. Teddy20129 says:

    Our economy today is known to steal from us, cannabis will become legal not doubt, and the government knows just as well as us how big the profits are it’s just a matter of strategizing who’s going to get the bigger percentage and that takes time when you’re busy flying jets and having family holidays.



  19. Eugene says:

    Why must the Government have control over a HERB that is naturally grown.

    If it is legalized they would want to put systems in place to control & tax the people for using a HERB that belongs to mankind.

    This HERB was given to mankind to explore whether you smoke, drink or eat it so who the HELL is the Government to tell the people it is crime to grow or possess.

    This law must be abolished totally & people must have the freedom to grow & have as much of this HERB in their possession to do with it whatever is required.

    • Peter says:

      Just think how the medical industries will react if people can safely and cheaply medicate in the comfort of their own homes, without being paranoid if they are going to get busted or not. A Dagga body has to be created which regulate growing and distribution operations issuing licenses for growing and dispensing in a safe manner to marijuana patients and recreational users. The government has no right to dictate to any of us on what we can and cannot do to our bodies.

  20. Mnelisi L. Cebekhulu says:

    The whole world loves Durban- Poison….Come on South Africans, Come on… we have no big technical companies like Samsung and Microsoft here in South Africa, not that much Oil either, Platinum and Gold is al we rely on but these resources are not always in demand..Wheat and other agricultural products are bringing us enough but now farmers are changing their farms to game reserves coz tourists bring more money. we import more than we export, I think RSA need to act quickly here. Durban poison has been in demand in Amsterdam, USA and many other countries since prior 2003. Gangs make Billions smuggling it, those billions could be going to the Government.

    • edmund welthagen says:

      the only reason the previous government banned it was so they could fill their coffers with money made from illegal exports to Holland> rumours abound that the Nationalist Party exported up to 400 tonnes per annum to Holland

      • John says:

        I agree and they should legalize pussy as well, as they all were fuckers like old Piet Koornhof Mooi ou Piet maak die deure oop vir ons wit boere

  21. Cody says:

    To all the haters out there.. If weed was so bad, why do psychologists prescribe it to people with eating disorders and people who suffer from depression and bipolar? Why do doctors prescribe it to cancer patients for the pain and to pregnant ladies for morning sickness and to actually be able to eat during the first trimester?
    So far, there has been no proof that its actually bad for you but there is proof that it can help you in a number of ways.
    People really need to do be abit more open minded and do their research.

  22. sean says:

    Take two guys. The one drunk as a lord and the other stoned off his tits. Give them each a gun and tell them to go hold up and rob a gas station convenience store, at three in the morning. The drunk fella will end up killing a few innocent bystanders along with taking off with the cash register. The chap on weed will eventually walk out of the store, having misplaced his weapon somewhere, with his hand full of coins complaining he doesn’t have enough money for a Mars bar.

  23. Mr HaSh says:

    i agrae with a lot of these people. they will legaliz it soon , and its truely an amazing plant … i have 2 of my own , every morning wen i go out to see them it puts a smile on my face watching them grow… people say shit about the herb and they dont even know anything about it… all i say to the non smokers out there, try a joint and chill out and only do the herb…


  24. boomblast weedsmoka says:

    how can a plant be illegal?

  25. Smoke dope says:

    I have no hate 2 our government bt i hate their attitude towards dagga smokers. You know what if they dont legalise it,people will keep more fire on it. Poverty is high in RSA,selling ,marijuana helps us put food on the table. LEGALISE IT OR LET US DIE HUNGRY N THE NATION COLLUPS IN ECONOMY!!!! MORE FIRE……..POWER TO WEED

    • Amor says:

      police in south Africa are to busy looking for people growing and smoking marijuana if they legalize it people will stop fighting and basically they will never hear from them again people wont smoke 24/7 if they do they will maybe soon get tired of it more people will smoke yeah but some will also stop, then the police can work better with crime missing people harassment and rape and murder and break ins the real important things in south Africa no more shit about this one simple herbs people dont go home and kill their family cuss of bad drugs they dont die cuz of a ovedose of dagga haha i dont even think that exists they go home smoke a joint and fall on the couch and watch tv dagga chills people out not make then aggressive but anyway . . . . haha i dont even smoke but i know all this they can sell dagga at shops like cigarettes even put tax on it if they really want to they will make money haha so just legalize it no more shit from something so small like a plant

  26. reefaLORD says:

    if every one in the world would spark up a joint at the same time we would have WORLD PEACE… respect #DAGGACOUPLE

  27. Mc'Bull says:

    Fuck da Government, m makin a livin outa dis…!!

  28. brian says:

    giepe ur a puss. get a dictionary or use some of the herb, theres a reason why its been called the tree of knowledge, take a leaf outta that book;) so to speak. i got bust by a racist cop yesterday(yes racism still thrives in the freestate) with 4grams “A grade swazi” as he put it, the detective who booked me in was like “are you serious”, 4grams isnt a lot but the arresting officer probably needed a bit of bragging rights HEY LOOK AT ME IM A BIG BOY I GOT MY BIG BOY PANTS ON, yea well fuck u, now i have to appear in court on monday, small fine payable if i plead guilty which is gonna leave me with a criminal record ruining any chances i have of securing a well paying job, the people at work found out about the arrest so ill be sure to be pissing in a cup anytim soon, leaving the country is out of the question all for a couple grams of mother nature, nice one south africa, well if thats the law in good ol south africa im just gonna have to speak the only languages our justice department understands; palming, bribe, choncho, omkoop, diza

  29. Zam says:

    In all my days of smoking, the worst thing that has ever happened to me was failing a maths test coz i wrote it stoned on some heavy blue cheese! So, in fact, the most dangerous thing about weed is getting caught with it. What frustrates me the most is that government spend R9,876.35 per month per inmate! Yet we have thousands of school children with no food, let alone books and proper classrooms. I am now a mining engineering professional and It boils my blood to see my hard earned money being wasted on unnecessary prisoners! Legalising weed has the potential to add billions to our GDP. We have some of the best weather in the world and the land for it. If Zim can do it with tobacco why can’t we do it with some really good cannibis? I don’t even have to mention what a success it has been. Immagine how great a tourist experience it would be enjoying the amazing scenery of the drakensburg while enjoying some amazing homegrown greenhouse… Think about it.

  30. KING G says:

    hey I am sick and tied of the SA Police or South Africans as a whole who always having negative attitude on people who use Marijuana which is part of our indiginious food or plant

  31. bliz says:

    We need to legalise weed the thing is not enough people know about this out of all the people I know I’m the only person that knows that there are actually people trying to legalize the herb so we need to find a way to spread the word out and fast social networks would help a lot and broadcasting time would make a huge difference

  32. fleazy kush says:

    @amor i think u were high when you wrote that… But yah here where i am on vacation in Denver colorado I’m actualy loving it here dont even think of returning to South Africa coz im getting baked as fuck here, I get so high of the diesel and og kush that the law dont even scare me for possesing weed… So all i want to know is when are S.A legalizing coz realy I love getting medicated. I think someone must make Jacob “the padda” Zuma high and everyone in government so they can know that weed is harmless, coz research through books and internet dont always do the job they must first hand experience the herb. Jah Bless all my mary-jane musicians… For now lemme spark 1 and go rest my head peace ✌

  33. macgreen says:

    Please get them to legalise my trees maan, please maan. We want to climb them freely!

  34. Ras Terrence says:

    I man Rasta as an end user of cannabis with at least 35 year experience, these are the facts about marijuana . THE TRUTH ABOUR THE GANGGER
    1. Marijuana is not dangerous
    2. Weed is not a gate way drug.
    3. Pot is not good for children.
    4. Weed has no damage on brain cells
    5. marijuana heals various sicknesses
    6. It is in the bible that man must use the herb
    7. The feeling of highness is normal.
    8. Weed is not addictive.
    9. Jah created this holly herb for the healing of His nation.
    10. Weed plays an important part when achieving peace love am harmony
    We need just one right to control our own little lives before we die.

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  36. ntsako khosa says:

    and on no deaths on zol. but evry year mny ppl die bcz of alcohol evn now someone is dying

  37. RAS Gandhi says:

    ligalize the herb, & let peace rule in this land

  38. jointcommited says:

    Its plain 2 c dat weed is a must be legalizd…NEED!!

    Nid i say more..gipie jou p**s!!!

  39. gift nyathi says:

    No no no no, its clear that weed is natural , y isn’t legal yet??? Legalize it !!!!!!

  40. chukaman says:

    Fuck around… maybe first they should legalise spelling correctly and making sure that your sentences are in fact sentences; then when people read the comments they would understand what was hoping to be said.

  41. Ricky says:

    In the 20 years of democracy we are yet to have a Referendum. Perhaps this issue is an opportunity for such.

  42. Dazar says:

    Lets make it 200… Legalize marijuana. Its not a drug, its a herb. Drugs are manufactured (ask any pharmacist) and they’ll tell you the same. Marijuana is grown. (Ask any botanist) Need I say more. Educate yourself, before you decide on your stance… My stance is mentioned above, and its a educated decision.

  43. Rasmon judah says:

    Ja mon…ifa ya read da bible the erb is mentioned by the almighty JAH…its a tree growing free from mans corruption…its the one ting dat brings Rasmon closer to JAH infact. All mankind…it have good benifits also…it cures a variety of ailments…ya brew tea…make clothes….houses….it helps the birds of all feathers….and all the nations see through one eye no matta what race you are….legalize the herb mon….is not dangerous at all…it will help us all…get up and stand up…weed is a human right

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  45. Heplingmind says:

    Yeah government should just legalize it . I know people who’s been smoking weed for years and they are still kicking it . these days you can find all sorts of drugs , but weed is not bad the government should really legalise it , it can help also help to decrease the number of heroine and tik and mandrax users . then less people would die every year of drugs , but what if dagga is legal in our country , we will obey the rules and knowing that dagga is legal we wil only stick to wht we cn actlly buy at a shop coz it would be much safer for the next generations to come .

  46. Marijuana Medic says:

    Cannabis a crime to be in possession of? It is a crime against humanity to deny the use of it where it clearly has so many beneficial properties. This might be a touchy subject to some naive people, I for one am totally for it. Time for us to stand up for what is right people. Change the views on cannabis that have been embedded in our minds by the pharmaceutical industry. Change is inevitable, and now is the time for that change.

    On the social side of its uses, it is far safer than alcohol which is legal. In my field of work as a Paramedic, I’ve seen horrific motor vehicle accidents as a result of alcohol. .. numerous trauma incidents as a result of domestic violence due to alcoholic husbands. Renal failure and malnutrition in alcohol abusers, strokes, coronary artery disease, copd, cancer all as a result of cigarette smoking, another legal substance.

    Cannabis does basically the exact opposite of these things but is considered illegal? Makes no sense to me at all.

  47. Cannabis a crime to be in possession of? It is a crime against humanity to deny the use of it where it clearly has so many beneficial properties. This might be a touchy subject to some naive people, I for one am totally for it. Time for us to stand up for what is right people. Change the views on cannabis that have been embedded in our minds by the pharmaceutical industry. Change is inevitable, and now is that time for change.

    As for its social uses, it is much safer than other legal substances. In my field of work as a Paramedic, I can’t even put a number on the amount of motor vehicle crashes I have attended to annually as a result of alcohol usage. .. Never have I attended to one caused by a calmed blazed driver, either because people tend to be more careful when they’re blazed, or due to the fact that they are driving a max of 40km/h which makes a motor vehicle crash less likely to occur.

    Cigarettes are also the number one cause of strokes, coronary artery disease, copd, cancer. . The list goes on. Cannabis not only doesn’t cause these diseases but also aids in treating them.

    Numerous traumatic incidents caused by violence as a result of alcohol use is ridiculous. . Yet alcohol is legal. Makes no sense to me how cannabis can be illegal and cigarettes and alcohol

    • Sorry for the Incomplete comment.. This cursor is messing around with me.. meant to say that it makes no sense how alcohol and cigarettes can be legal with all it’s detrimental effects but cannabis is illegal with all its beneficial properties and wide variety of uses. Really something to challenge

  48. Legalize WEED(DAGGA) because it is a way of life. I smoke it and it helps me relax think and most of all its great to make my mind expand in my music it makes eveyone feel at eS

  49. steve says:

    A legal joint in s.a. man it may be good, but I don’t think so

  50. kamigelo says:

    Industrial Hemp to create jobs(permanent), not temporary EPWPjobs Gov system that only benefit the contractors. I will apply for a cop job , just to trade illegally from weed, as the system works in corruption , not with the citizens.

    The Tobacco industry and Pharmaceutics are big foreign giants that control our Gov system for the benefits.

    By law it is the right of the President to use state money for personal use (safety,etc). Our laws states that we can cultivate hemp, but the stupid black govern system, old stale heads that use Weed privately, making stupid national decisions.

    former President Mr T Mbeki smoking pipe (maybe weed) had an economic impact in his time, showing what he smokes gives brains. Sex sells and makes you stupid typical example JZ`s many wives are mind blocking his intelligence.

    JZ has relationship with the Chinese , which has never illigalized hemp/marijuana and they export the most in the world. Where thus weed we smoke comes from , influx is huge but we have border patrols and harbour customs officials. Millions worth of Dagga enter SA how, there must be top officials controlling this industry.

    Dagga will profit a few but hemp is an industrial economic boost to the citizens and financial stability.

  51. Kelli-Ann says:

    Okay i have a few things to say …… firstly yous people are going bafuck with each other. Why there is no need for that yes i understand that some people just dont undersand that weed is not harmful and has many useful purposes. As much as i wish it is legal you dont see be going all jus with people yous people call youre sell weed smokers right? well then act like it people who smoke weed are not violent and are lovable and undersandable is that not right? Look there are people out there that dont just smoke to be cool people like us are not ashamed to say we smoke alone because there is nothing wrong with that but then you get people out there that just want it legalized so they can go to a party with friends and go on a trip yes its amazing i know that…. and the other thing i wanted to say is for us people who acctully want it to be legalized it will make i big difference in our lives but what is the bet that when it is legalized we are going to have a evern bigger problem with all the other drugs reason being alot of kids nowaday that smoke weed only do it to go around telling people they do drugs or they do somthing illegal witch i find fucked up…Yous people that do that need to understand that you are fucking up things for us.. like me yes im 16 but i dont going around telling every tom dick and harry that i smoke weed yes i wear my rusta stuff but thats not the point i also respest JAH thats the reason why i wear my rusta things i dont wear them to look cool anyway i personally dont care if i get locked up for smoking the herb what can they do if i tell the judge its part of my religion they cant do fuck all but i do hope that they legalize it soon if they want to make somthing illegal they should make alcohol illegal you see people everyday getting killed from alcoholics or from drinking and driving or cancer you dont see people getting killed by weed smokers or being high and driving or getting cancer from weed that shit just doesnt happen with weed anyway i hope yous people enjoy youre lives may JAH be will you BLESS

    • John says:

      Ok Kelly-Ann
      You have all the facts right that weed does not make us all agro, but loveable. So give us your no for a good time babe

  52. treb says:


  53. larry says:

    why is weed illegal GOD made it

  54. Ned Stark says:

    I agree with Larry

    Sa would be such a chill place if they could just make it legal.

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  56. FIGGAZ says:

    To be honest I don’t give a fu*k if marijuana is legal or not I’m gonna keep on smoking till the day I die! Let’s see how many prisons they would have to built if they throw all the weed smokers in south africa in prison, just think about it the goverment would have to spend money they don’t even have just to supply the prisons with the meals for the inmates!! Oh ja before I forget as I’m writing this I’m high as fu*k lmfao! Jah bless

  57. Canabliss says:

    Legalize!! Why should it be illegal for people to enjoy something that came before politicians, presidents… Well basically a bunch of pricks. Most people want to legalize some need it. A year ago I found out I had a brain tumor 3cm x 2.5cm doesn’t sound that big but it’s effected my whole body blackouts memory loss bad vision it’s all in there. Only fix is radiotherapy or a expensive op. But a while ago I read in many cases like 50 or so(that being said only 100 in 100000 people have the same problem) weed has helped. Since then I’ve started to smoke more often and the headaches and blackouts have subsided and I feel better! Which is Fucken awesome!! So don’t be a Poes legalize!! Ps- TREB YOUR A CUNT HAVE A NICE DAY!

  58. weed should be ligalized in South Afriica bc it can cure cancer & other diseases. People should stop call weed “dagga” & call it with it’s origional name which is weed.

  59. Karl Stephan says:

    Cannabis should be legal no doubt about it.. and I came across this site which clames to write the truth check it out and just breathe after reading it is quite frustrating and unfactual

  60. papi says:

    i agreeeeeeee dat weed must be legal because if u compare people dying because of drunk driving de rate is toooo high than people dying because of they were high or they smoked weed toomuch,weed is a herp lets face it…!

  61. peter says:

    god put this herb on earth for reason so did the cows ,sheep ect they are holdn us from doing what we need to do for peace if this country smoked they would be so much peace our constitution wouldnt be a joke like it is as we speak a big one i blame the constitution for all this is has done ,next it will be said that you forbbiden for to eat vegs. that all i can say

  62. Ian Kelly says:

    I’m a 77 year-old cancer survivor, and weed saved my life 25 years ago. This God-sent wonder imparts too many benefits to be listed here — but here’s one for me fellow old farts: If you’re having trouble getting it up, forget Viagra and have a smoke 10 minutes before stripping down for action!

  63. Pierre d.K says:

    You know with all the crap going on in South Africa recently economy wise it will be one of the few smart moves made in a long time, LEGALIZE!!! It will benefit right across the ‘Spectrum’ (:D) from private to commercial. Its pure bullshit that it has been left this long anyway, my heart goes out for those with cancer and those suffering from various mental illnesses, not only are they head deep in medical bills they sit with ineffective medication which leads to other unwanted side effects! But the discomfort and pain is something unspeakable… The legalization is inevitable, we just have to try speed it up, when there is a march ill be there!

  64. AJ says:

    It is a Godly given gift…it is just a plant how can mankind stop us from enjoying nature !

  65. Lee says:

    Drug are manufactured not grown although certain drugs are grown plants that have been manipulated into something else… This herb is absolutely harmless unless you cant find any to smoke???

    They should just chill and legalize this as it has been proven to help with several different medical conditions. The government is just scared that they won’t be able to control it… Although properly handled will make SA one of the super countries in the world with this boost to our economy.

  66. LF says:

    Where can I apply to grow legally? My mother needs the stuff to get better and I cant afford to go to jail or pay these insane prices…. Please can anyone help?

  67. Soul says:

    I say let the message be spread out there, people… We need to stand together and as we do, cannabis might be legal with a blink of an eye.#TeamLegaliseWeed

  68. luke says:

    weed is a plant… just like all other plants… all plants have their purpose! weed just so happens to get us high. how the hell can you ban a plant that has over 240 uses. maize has about 10 uses why the fuck don’t we ban that too.. people against weed need to open up their god damn eyes. I have been smoking for 12 years and have not noticed a single difference in my self

  69. luke says:

    I’m successfully at all I do. I own my own company, I gym at least 3 times a week, I also have my own four bedroom house with two dogs… Yet you get these idiots out there who are comparing the use of marijuana to cocaine. what utter bullshit.
    weed is harmless!

    • Raeez says:

      This government is too eff’d up to know that weed is harmless. Think for yourselves my fellow stoners, our president didn’t even reach high school, our minister of policing didn’t either. What the eff would they know about legalizing the herb?

    • John says:

      What the fuck has the four bedroom house and the gym got to do with it. YOu fuckin idiot

  70. Weed101 says:

    Hey all count my vote no one wil take my weed away legal or not role em and smoke em

  71. Cignzor says:

    Marijuana should be legalized, not only will it benefit the country but it will reduce the number of nyaupe users. This is not a drug but a herb that was given to us by GOD. LEGALIZE MARIJUANA!!!

  72. Uban Samuel says:

    Watching ETV and I see the campaign on nyaupe, I’m in Nigeria, and I am thrilled as a benefactor of cannabinol and THC I am sure legalization will influence economic growth m dunce it helps in neuro and psychic awareness.

  73. just blaze says:

    Free marijuana…the lesser crime we will experience

  74. sbu says:

    Clearly all this racist guys are not mary jane users can we please have stoners that know the benefits of weed and are willing to fight so we can smoke in peace and and not have our rights abused i mean its a herb after all

  75. Bongani says:

    Dagga is not a drug,dagga is a natural herb to keep you in the is a grass of nature and i don’t see anything bad about it.No one created dagga except the All mighty God.So let us enjoy our free order to make our economy looks good,we have to legalise it………..if i had power like God,i could have made it legal

  76. NTSANE DW says:


  77. Just me says:

    I say legalize, the government will make money off tax and dealers will be losing their business and the wee don’t be laced with dangerous chemicals and will just be natural. It’s a plant and it’s our right as humans to own and grow it. It has a lot of medical purpose as well. It’s great for just chilling as well it doesn’t do as much damage to you as cigarettes or alcohol. People must not just say its bad if you’ve ever had it you’ll know it doesn’t do anything bad to you. LEGALIZE! And to the government you’ll make money on it and can even bring out food for munchies and make more.

  78. H-Guru Hloni says:

    How can you make nature illegal? The constitutional law is a control system, laws are meant to bind us not to prosecute us. The man enlighten by the tree of wisdom !

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  80. Rofhiwa Tall-F says:

    If nature is illegal..then freedom does not exist… #TeamLegalize

  81. Sam says:

    Its very sad that nobody from the powers that be is listening to the cries or ordinary individuals down below. Im not a weed user myself, but i have “tasted” it a few times before. But from all i have ready about the “drug”, it is one that will be benefitting everyone in the nation. No medical proof that it can be deadly, a very evident market presence, and cliché thoughts of it being bad. Its about time someone wakes and does the right thing. But then again im just an ordinary individual from down below.

  82. Caitlyn says:

    LEGALIZE IT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  83. ganja says:

    In south africa the reason they do not legalize it is because they won’t make money because people like us will grow their own herb ,there will be no charges

  84. For the first few years that I smoked , I had bad side effects, bad green fever. I quit for a few years very EASILY I might add with no side effects. Then started again.. Had no bad side effects except feeling great and had severe munchies..ha ha. With time I started becoming negative and I had to quit as I could no longer handle the negativity while on my buzz. Both times I have been in different relationships. Both guys smoked long term I am talking 5 years plus both had very different personalities. Both very happy while smoking but the minute they ran out they experienced withdrawals, anger and mood swings. Change of nature and personality and withdrew from society while smoking. I can’t find any other reason for this other than long term use may have altered their behavioural patterns. I experienced first hand the benefits and bad adverse side effects of weed.All I hear are good comments about weed but no one standing up to say it is addictive and that it may not be a good thing for everyone. I am all for legalising but I would like to hear from the people out there who may have experienced the same

  85. WaC2 says:

    Weed is a natural herb by making Weed Illegal you make nature Illegal this just shows how up to shit the government is

  86. snoop says:

    give a fuck and smoke that weeeeeed. fuck fuck -fuck the police

  87. Roman Arendse says:

    Fuck I love smoking weed. It calms all the unnecessary shit I have to deal with. I’m in for the legalisation of pot. That shit really makes me feel good. Peace to all the weed smokers FUCK SOUTH AFRICA OUR COUNTRY IS FUCKED UP! Zuma needs some M-to-the-J

  88. anonymous says:

    I just want it to be legalized for medical purposes… Not really into smoking, no offense guys. But I’m suffering from generic and anxiety depression, herb works better than these dumb old pills. For instance, I’m up right now! 02:24 a.m c’mon! Herb has non of these side effects such as insomnia and irritability plus it helps with the heart palpitations thus regulating blood pressure. Why does a 20 year old have to suffer so much when I could be eating “space muffins” and sipping on “green herb tea”. In turn I feel good and perform to my full potential!

  89. jah Fire says:

    People the government those not give a shirt about you.everyone can grow Weed cos it just grows it’s a natural tree. The government has to tax everything. How can you then be taxed if you and family smoke of your own farm. And the government doesn’t want people happy coz thats all Weed those to you, Not alcohol, not cigarettes And most definitely non of their chemistry drugs its just devilish and stupidly selfish I’ll stop the for now

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