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Cannabis users want legalisation

Cannabis users want legalisation

Maria David

MEMBERS of the Ganja Users of Namibia (GUN) staged another demonstration at Oshakati demanding the legislation of the use of cannabis locally known as a “epangwe.”
A group of more than 20 cannabis users staged a peaceful march to the officer of the Oshana Governor Elia Irimari, were they handed over their petition in which they demanded the immediate repeal of Act 41 of 1971 or to amend it by omitting or deleting cannabis from the schedule under the heading Prohibited Dependency Producing Drugs from the outdated drugs legislation.

“We call on the parliament to establish a commission that controls and regulates the cannabis industry in Namibia for the benefit of the estimated 200 000 Namibians who use cannabis,” said Boro Ndungula, group spokesperson.
According to Ndungula, the law is outdated, colonial and a violation of GUN fundamental rights to freedom and privacy.
He stated that using cannabis is a harmless substance and demanded the police to stop arresting users of cannabis as they are not a threat to national security and the society at large and current cases against suspected cannabis offenders should be halted.
“We appeal to the parliament to repeal or amend this Act. We appeal to the Office of the President to treat it as a matter of national urgency and to engage in open dialogue to modernize this outdated Act for the benefit of all Namibians,” cited Ndungula.
The group gave the National Assembly 21 days to tell them whether the Act 41 of 1971 is in violation of Namibian constituency or not.
Receiving the petition on behalf of the governor, Moses Matatias an officer in the Office of the Governor, said their petition was well received and will be directed to the Ministry of Justice.
He called on the protesters to continue to upload the constitution of Namibia and the laws of Namibia.

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