The South African so-called dagga-couple is closely watching the state of California where marijuana is now legal – unless it is sold in an edible form shaped as human or fruit.
Johannesburg residents Jules Stobbs and Myrtle Clarke are fighting in the Pretoria High Court to have the South African laws prohibiting dagga ruled unconstitutional‚ based on the fact‚ they argue‚ that local laws are not rational and fail to achieve their purpose of reducing the harms of dagga use. Stobbs said he was learning from the legalisation of recreational use in California.
He and Clarke “try to learn from other countries’ legislation to propose answers for South Africa”.
Amused he noted: “Basically one in five Americans [who live in the state of California] can now purchase a legal drug that is still banned by the federal government”.
But Stobbs was heavily critical of the highly-regulated environment in California‚ where dope is now legal‚ but laws include restrictions of the sale of marijuana at a strip joint and banning it in edible food infused with coffee.