SABC News - Govt commission recommends semi-legalisation of marijuana:Tuesday 18 September 2012

Govt commission recommends semi-legalisation of marijuana

Tuesday 18 September 2012 16:37

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The Goverment has recommended that Rastafarians be allowed to carry around 100g of marijuana without being arrested

The Goverment has recommended that Rastafarians be allowed to carry around 100g of marijuana without being arrested(SABC)

 

A Government commission has recommended that Rastafarians be allowed to carry on them at least 100g of marijuana for spiritual reasons without prosecution.

 

The Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities, says the Ministry of Police also needs to reclassify the 1911 ban on dagga in South Africa.

 

The recommendations have been submitted to various government departments including education, justice and constitutional development and communications.

 

The Commission says they aim to engage Government departments in order to change the perception that society has on the religion and to build tolerance for Rastafarians.

 

The Rasta community says they feel ignored and that their religion is disregarded because some people do not understand them. They claim to be harassed daily because of their spiritual path.

 

Some of the recommendations made is that the Ministry of Police allows the Rastafarians to carry, on them, at least 100g of marijuana. They are also calling on the media to change the way they portray their religion.

 

They have also called on Police to end alleged harassment and prejudice against Rastas.

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