Dagga supporters say just 'legalise it'

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Thousands of cannabis enthusiasts took to the streets of Cape Town to demand the legalisation of the plant. The protest was one of a series of marches around the world in support of the Global Cannabis Campaign.

CAPE TOWN – Pro-dagga supporters say the government is denying their human rights by not legalising marijuana.

Thousands of cannabis enthusiasts took to the streets of Cape Town to demand the legalisation of the plant.

The protest was one of a series of marches around the world in support of the Global Cannabis Campaign.

They say South Africa must follow examples of other countries around the world who have legalised the drug.

Event organisers said legalisation will enable the government to better control its consumption by users.

“It’s an amazing plant. As a consenting adult it is my choice. It’s my human right to choose what I put into my body – especially a miracle plant such as cannabis. So I urge you to please go and look for the information online and see what benefits it has for humanity. If you legalise it, it’s a better system to have legalised marijuana than to have illegal cannabis,” said event organiser, Johannes Burger.