A JUDICIAL storm is brewing with different court outcomes for a mother and son who were both arrested over the weekend in the same cannabis related incident, with the 21-year old walking free after a minor fine and the mother denied bail in spite of her plea that she must be allowed bail to care for her husband.
Dylan Adriaan van Wyk, the son of the self confessed Cannabis grower and dagga-oil producer, Cheryl Green walked out of the Swakopmund a free man after paying a fine of N$1 000 for possession of illicit drugs, while his mother is still in the police cells in spite of pleas for bail to allow her to care for her ailing husband.
The cannabis-saga of Swakopmund divided opinion on medical use of dagga in Namibia, while the use of marijuana is conditionally legalised in neighbouring South Africa.
It was a stop and search operation of the Namibian police that discovered some cannabis on the 21-year old van Wyk and he led the police to his parents’ house where a dagga growing operation, run by his mother, was discovered that.
Van Wyk who was found with eight grams of dagga is a free man, while his mother was denied bail because she claimed ownership of the 71 cannabis plants at her house in the Kramersdorf neighbourhood of Swakopmund.
During the raid on the house police officers uprooted the illegal plantation and found about 26 grams of cannabis seeds and some cannabis oil in the house. They also found several items such as cigarette rolling paper and water pipe, also known as a bong, used when smoking dagga in Van Wyk’s bedroom.
Both van Wyk and his mother were arrested on charges of possession of illicit drug, but Cheryl Green was also charged with dealing in illicit drugs because of the amount of cannabis and oil found in her house. When he was accosted by members of the Namibian Police eight grams of dagga worth N$80 was found in his possession and did not constitute a charge of dealing in drugs.
During Green’s court appearance she stated that she never dealt in drugs and that she uses the cannabis plants and seeds to make medicine for her husband that suffers from Multiple Scleroses. Despite telling Magistrate Conchita Olivier that her husband needs her constant care because of his illness, she was remanded in custody until the third week of March.