Durban - A Durban North chef intends challenging the constitutionality of provisions in the Illicit Drugs and Drug Trafficking Act, saying there are many health benefits to smoking dagga.
Christian Baker, 23, was successful in the Pietermaritzburg High Court on Monday in getting his prosecution, on drug-related charges, stayed in the Phoenix Magistrate’s Court until he could take the application to the Constitutional Court.
He said in court papers that he was charged with being in possession of, or alternatively dealing in, dagga in Phoenix on May 25.
“I have been smoking dagga for years without harm … I sometimes eat it for its known medical benefits and part of my own spiritual beliefs and practice … I eat the seeds as part of my diet and as a health supplement due to research into the medical benefits and economic potential of cannabis.”
Because of his beliefs, he had to defend himself by bringing this application and then by going to the higher court.