A number of parties are at the highest court in the land to oppose the State’s appeal of a Western Cape High Court judgement.
JOHANNESBURG – Cannabis user Garreth Prince has told the Constitutional Court that the mere ruling that private use of cannabis is legal still leaves them open to police victimization.
A number of parties are at the highest court in the land to oppose the State’s appeal of a Western Cape High Court judgment.
Earlier this year, the court found that current legislation infringes on the right for people to use dagga privately.
Prince has demanded that the State give cannabis users the same privileges as those given to tobacco and alcohol users.
“If you want to smoke yourself into cancer, society allows you to do that. I’m not asking for special treatment; I’m saying at least treat me the same as you treat alcohol drinkers.”
He says while he welcomes the Western Cape High Court ruling for private use, it still doesn’t protect him entirely.
“The arrest in front of my wife and my children humiliated (me), why should I go through that? The crime according to the State is that I grow plants.”
However, State counsel Thomas Bokaba has told the Constitutional Court that the State reserves the right to criminalise any substance for the protection of citizens.