History of dagga in SA shows its decriminalisation is overdue

Government should wake up to the massive economic potential of traditional communities
News24 (South Africa)
Tuesday, September 25, 2018

The Constitutional Court's decision that citizens are permitted to use dagga in private turned the clock back 96 years. Before it was declared a prohibited substance in 1922, dagga was a part of the culture of South Africa's peoples – including white Afrikaners. Interestingly, the campaigns against and warnings about the dangers of dagga usage are not a prudish phenomenon of the 21st century. It is as old as dagga smoking itself. Dagga was thus an integral part of the culture of the people of the subcontinent before the first Europeans came to settle here. Dagga may also have played a part in the spiritual rituals of some groups. (See also: Why it's a good thing the ConCourt legalised private use of marijuana)