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In South Africa, we have freedom of conscience, religion, thought, belief, and opinion as stated in Section 15 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa 1996, and further provides for in Section 17, the right to peacefully assemble, unarmed to demonstrate, picket and to present petitions.
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Cannabis often referred to as Dope or Weed, is a psychoactive drug that until recently has been classified as an illegal substance.
Have you been arrested and charged with a criminal offence? Are you a minor or a young adult? Scared that you have made a mistake that will haunt you for the rest of your life?
You may have reason to feel optimistic!
“One in every fourteen people are regular users” of cannabis in South Africa as reported by the United Nations World Drug Report of 2014.
The prohibition of cannabis can be backtracked as far as 1908 when the first law prohibiting the sale of cannabis was put into motion.
Thereafter, several laws were enacted prohibiting the use of cannabis. Presently, the most well-known Acts which prohibit cannabis are the Drug Trafficking Act and Medicines Control Act.
In any court case when a person is arrested, the accused person remains to be presumed not guilty until the court finds such person guilty. In our law no one may be detained without trial. If an accused is arrested, he or she is normally kept in prison or the police cells till the trial is finalised to ensure the presence of the accused at court.
A criminal record is not something that people should take lightly. The first charge may not land you in jail, but it puts you in many other awkward situations.
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