n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - 'Legalise it, don't criminalise it' : the cannabis discourse in South Africa
|Article Title||'Legalise it, don't criminalise it' : the cannabis discourse in South Africa|
|© Publisher:||Criminological and Victimological Society of Southern Africa (CRIMSA)|
|Journal||Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology|
|Affiliations||1 University of KwaZulu-Natal|
|Publication Date||Jan 2015|
|Pages||167 - 179|
|Issue||Special Edition 3|
|Keyword(s)||Cannabis, Decriminalisation, Legalisation and Recreational and medical use|
The global debate on the use of cannabis has not been conclusive although some countries (or states)have decriminalised its use and cultivation. Use of this narcotic is bifurcated, ranging from its positive and negative effects on health, as well as its decriminalisation. Notwithstanding this, the use of cannabis is common practice amongst all racial groups in South Africa, although they run the risk of being prosecuted. Attempts at a more liberal policy on legalising cannabis made a brief appearance in 2014 in the political corridors of the South African government but no reform of the stringent laws on its use occurred. This article seeks to provide a global perspective on the use of cannabis in so far as its negative and positive benefits are concerned from a health perspective and the politics surrounding its legalisation and decriminalisation. It thereafter focuses on the South African perspective on the drug, followed by an analysis of perceptions on the drug drawn from a sample of users from a population of 284 who participated in an internet blog for its legalisation and decriminalisation. Through content analysis of the blog, the article provides a perspective on its legalisation and decriminalisation.
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