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Mboweni stirs up dagga legalisation debate

Publish date: 13 January 2020
Issue Number: 855
Diary: IBA Legalbrief Africa
Category: South Africa

Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has told his Twitter followers that he will push for the legalisation of dagga, reports TimesLIVE. Mboweni, who found the plant growing on his farm and posted pictures of it on Twitter, asked his followers whether they wanted it legalised. He said a neighbour also has the plant growing in his yard and does not seem to be against its legalisation. He said growing it would see SA make more than R4bn in revenue. 'The soil is ready in Magoebaskloof to grow it legally. The economy of Lusikisiki and Tzaneen is waiting for legal growth of the stuff!! R4bn plus!! Tax money,' Mboweni tweeted. The Constitutional Court in September 2018 decriminalised the use, growing and possession of dagga in private and for personal consumption. After a lengthy debate, the Minister said he would table his proposal at the Cabinet lekgotla even though he anticipated resistance from some members.

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