CYPSA Says NO to the Legalization of the Recreational Use of Dagga in South Africa

Petition to: President of South Africa the Honourable Mr. Jacob Zuma

 

CYPSA Says NO to the Legalization of the Recreational Use of Dagga in South Africa

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CYPSA Says NO to the Legalization of the Recreational Use of Dagga in South Africa

We as South African citizens reject moves to legalize the recreational use of dagga in South Africa on the following grounds:

The physical evidence and personal experience of thousands of individuals who have suffered the negative psychological effects of dagga speak for themselves. Dagga can cause severe mental illness that cannot be cured. Caring for individuals who have been harmed psychologically by dagga places a financial burden on families, the health care system and South Africa itself.

• Removing legislation against dagga will do away with deterrents to first-time users and motivation for regular users to stop using the drug, as there will be no penalties to be faced. Legalization would remove a measure which restricts those who are considering cultivating and selling dagga.

• Dagga disrupts and destroys families, marriages and other relationships, eats away self-respect, damages minds, harms society and destroys human dignity.

• Legalization will not save millions spent on enforcing the laws against dagga. A similar amount, if not more, would be spent on treating those who become addicted to the drug or suffer from its harmful side-affects such as mental illness.

• Dagga fuels crime in South Africa. There are many recorded cases of violent crimes and aggressively reckless driving which were committed when offenders were under the influence of dagga.

• Dagga use causes major handicaps to the futures of those who begin using it while they are still in school. Parents, doctors and teachers, those who work with children, know first-hand the harmful effects of dagga. Our first duty is to protect our young people from becoming the next generation of dagga addicts.

• Popular opinion is that dagga is somehow safer than other drugs. Drugs are dangerous in different ways and a direct comparison is not possible. In some ways, the effect on a user’s mental health for example, dagga can be more dangerous than heroin or cocaine. Dagga is a ‘gateway’ drug that leads to hard drugs.

• Those that would legalize the drug seem to have personal or commercial interests in seeing the laws surrounding dagga vanish. Society has an inherent right to ward off crimes against itself, and does so through laws that are put in place against threats like dagga.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

http://www.cypsa.org.za/index.php/component/k2/item/422-the-truth-about-dagga-argument-15-they-say-dagga-does-not-damage-the-brain-but

http://www.cypsa.org.za/index.php/component/k2/item/409-the-truth-about-dagga-argument-11-they-say-we-should-fall-in-line-with-international-trends-and-legalize-dagga-but

http://www.cypsa.org.za/index.php/component/k2/item/404-the-truth-about-dagga-argument-9-they-say-legalization-will-benefit-us-economically-but

http://www.cypsa.org.za/index.php/component/k2/item/403-the-truth-about-dagga-argument-8-they-say-money-spent-on-prosecuting-dagga-offenders-could-be-better-spent-but

http://www.cypsa.org.za/index.php/component/k2/item/399-the-truth-about-dagga-argument-6-they-say-dagga-is-a-safe-or-soft-drug-but

http://www.cypsa.org.za/index.php/component/k2/item/419-dagga-a-house-of-cards-dagga-is-not-addictive-but

http://www.cypsa.org.za/index.php/component/k2/item/394-argument-4-they-say-prohibition-doesn-t-work-but

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Petition to: President of South Africa the Honourable Mr. Jacob Zuma

CYPSA Says NO to the Legalization of the recreational use of dagga in South Africa.

As an organization that has worked with over 6000 of the country's drug afflicted youth in the past 24 months alone, CYPSA cannot support any move to legalize dagga for recreational use in South Africa.

In a survey conducted with over 3500 young people who enrolled in CYPSA's programme which helps those with drug problems, it was discovered that:

- 96% of those who responded listed dagga as the first drug they ever used

the average age of a first time dagga user was 15 years (at an age where a child is completing the most important years of their education). Research shows that dagga use affects learning and memory among young people. Disrupting normal brain functions with dagga can lead to problems studying, learning new things, and recalling recent events.

 - over 97% of those who started with dagga have now progressed to using 'harder' drugs

Legalizing dagga in our country will only add to the existing epidemic of dagga (and drug) use amongst our country's young people and will place an uneccessary burden on every citizen of South Africa.This was also the view of the Central Drug Authority when they recently made submissions to Parliament’s portfolio committee on health.

We must protect our young people and ensure the brightest future for our nation. 

By signing this petition I have indicated that I as an individual am in full agreement with the stance of CYPSA on this issue, and as a South African citizen I say NO to the legalization of dagga for recreational purposes.

I appeal to you as the President of the Republic of South Africa to make my voice, and the voices of the majority of South African citizens who exist at grassroots level heard, and to protect us from the harm that legalized dagga would cause to our nation.

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