Judge Dennis Davis will be handing down judgement on Friday 31 March in the Cape Town High Court whether some sections of the Criminal Prohibition of Dagga Act are unconstitutional.
Rastafarian Garreth Prince and the leader of the Dagga Party, Jeremy Acton are also challenging parts of the Medicines and Related Substances Act. Prince and Acton believe it should be all South Africans’ legal right to use dagga as they wish – whether it be for recreational, medicinal, spiritual or commercial use.
The ministries of health, police, trade and industry, and justice and constitutional development, as well as the director of public prosecutions are opposing the application.
The Anti Drug Alliance South Africa has issued a statement saying they stand wholeheartedly behind Acton and Prince in their bid to see the cannabis plant legalised.