As the Dagga Debate again heats up, The Dagga Couple and The Central Drug Authorty joined SABC Newsroom this morning to discuss the latest developments around the decriminalisation of cannabis.
Peter Ucko of the CDA was up first. Emphasising that they had been stewing on the matter for a while and now given it their full consideration. Concluding that legalisation would be a step too far, but decriminalisation made far more sense. “We’re pleased that at last the Central Drug Authority is able to make its statements and make its position known.”
Giving his opinion on medicinal use, “There is evidence to date that some of the extracts of the marijuana plant are good for treating nausea after chemo therapy, spasticity can be treated, but we still need to bare in mind that it is a psychoactive substance.” Which is something that Mr Ucko repeatedly raised through the remainder of the interview, suggesting that people advocating for legalisation perhaps suffer from a chronic condition.
The second half of the debate featured The Dagga Couple who supported the CDA’s recommendation for decriminalisation, but warned that we could well be setting SA up to only be repeating the lessons that other nations are already two decades ahead on, “Thank you very much CDA, thank you for getting out of the same old tired arguments that have been repeated over and over again, and for giving a new perspective on this whole debate. We’re moving in the right direction.”
“There’s more grey areas with decriminalisation than with outright legalisation”. “Decriminalisation doesn’t stop the war on drugs, it just extends it.”
When all was said and done there was shared ground on one issue; the need for funding to start dealing with the hands on work of making legalisation a reality. One can only hope that we don’t have to rely on Gupta involvement to get these wheels turning.