Dagga debate worries ACDP

Crime & Courts

Johannesburg - Legalising dagga in South Africa will show disregard for the negative affects of drugs and alcohol on communities, the ACDP said on Wednesday.

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Johannesburg 201209 Dagga leaf in the hostle water. Members of the local volunteers together with the SAPS conducted a raid at the Dube Hostle, Soweto and a field behind the hostle where dagga was growing was found during the raid. No arrests was made because the suspects had fled before the poicemen arrived. picture : neil baynes

“We are concerned that the serious problems facing our country due to (the) abuse of alcohol and illegal drugs will be obscured by ‘red-herrings’ like debates on legalising dagga,” said African Christian Democratic Party MP Cheryllyn Dudley.

Consumer insights company Pondering Panda said on Wednesday that a survey had revealed that three out of five South African youths were against legalising the plant.

Pondering Panda spokeswoman Wendy Wakefield said a debate about the legalisation of dagga was relevant as South Africa was already experiencing a serious drugs problem.

She said to legalise and regulate the sale of the drug could reduce its negative affect on society.

However, Dudley said the move would be a cowardly and irresponsible approach.

According to the survey, only 38 percent of the 5024

participants supported legalising dagga. Men were found to be more supportive of legalisation than women. - Sapa

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