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Public Statement Regarding Dagga Crop Spraying

To all South Africans:

We say we have banned drugs to protect the public even at the risk of exposing drug consumers to various herbicides and poisons not made known to the public.

We also disregard the latest medical findings and the fact that dagga laws were found on segregation and discrimination that was even further exploited by us when we were known as the apartheid regime.

Present day South Africa we tend to disregard the developments in the United States even though most of our dagga spray operations are encouraged and funded by the Unites States but more accurately the DEA. The same agency that is still enforcing dagga prohibition by defying 20 US states’ decision to legalize and regulate medical dagga.

We really care for you sheeple. Why do you think we have given you such amazing things like alcohol, tobacco, GM foods, shale gas exploration, etc?

Because we really love you so much that we risk killing a few people in the process of profiteering while attempting to clear the dagga problem.

We really care so much for you that we will put you in jail with hardened criminals just to make sure you never use, smoke or sell dagga ever again.

We do not care if you are doing it for your livelihood. We really do not care about what doctors, patients and scientists have to say about dagga.

Stop pestering us with requests for dagga reform! Why don’t you go to your nearest pub or tavern and have some release from the modern day struggles of life but please don’t drink and drive yourself home.

Yes we overlook parents morally accepting that their kids abuse alcohol because what we don’t know about we don’t care about.

Ha ha ha you got us. Yes before the ANC was unbanned way before 1994 the main financial income for the ANC came from the sale & distribution of dagga but we now have legitimate sources of funding so we really couldn’t care at the moment, we are however thinking of selling stock piles of rhino horn.

We are indirectly supporting organized crime by keeping dagga illegal and unregulated but there is too much as stake if we should regulate dagga.

We will not only lose out on profits from hunting down & housing dagga users, sellers and distributors but you have to think about the impact dagga bio oil could have on the oil industry not to mention the paper and cotton industries they are all at risk of major profits loss. We cannot have that happen even at the expense of in-humanely jailing people for a victimless crime.

Yes we do do not have evidence to present to you for what I am about to say but let me say to you we are responsible for any and all persons affected by poisons that reach dagga users because of desperate dagga growers pushing dagga that has been sprayed by the SAPS Air Wing Dagga Ops.

If you suspect that you have been a victim there is really nothing you can do about it. What we do is completely legal. Everything was done by the book.

We legally poison you.  You are not allowed to ingest any banned drugs a lot less toxic than herbicides in the first place.

You better do as we tell you sheeple!

Regards

Your government

** This letter is fictitious but could possibly be something that could be said if government spoke the truth about dagga.

Source: dagga.za.net/2013/07/21/sap-daggaop-poisoning-dagga-consumers/

Open Letter To The Venezuela Minister of Prisons, Minister Iris Varela, RE: Zenolia du Plooy

Atención Ministro Iris Varela

Desde:

Jeremy D. Acton
PO Box 5396
Tygervally
Cape Town
7536
South Africa
Jeremyacton@gmail.com

21 January 2015

Para:
Ministro de Prisiones
Ministro Iris Varela
Caracas
Venezuela

Honorable Ministro Varela,

SOLICITUD DE INTERVENCIÓN : Libertad o libertad condicional

Zenolia Du Plooy
Prison File number: WP01-P-2008-003729
INOF Prison
Los Teques
Venezuela

Solicito su valiosa atención a la difícil situación de la ciudadana sudafricana Señora Zenolia Du Plooy, la cual esta sirviendo una sentencia de ochos anos por el trafico de sustancias estupefacientes en el cárcel INOF, en provincia de Los Teques, Venezuela.

Hoy la prisionera ha servido seis anos y cuatros meses de su condena. Su salida de la carcel es prevista entre Julio 2015. Señora Du Plooy esta actualmente hospitalizada a causa de una enfermedad llamada Lupus Sistemático Eritematoso. En los últimos seis anos su afección se ha desarrollada, sin que la presa recibía algún tratamiento adecuado.

La Señora Du Plooy me contacto’ desde su hospital, con la siguientes informaciones.

Así que es su sexto ano de carcelación, la Senora Du Plooy, esta’ hoy elegible para su liberación condicional.

Durante los últimos seis anos, la presa sufrió diferentes tipos de tortura. Desde ser violentada por las guardias que la transportaron a la prisión, a encontrarse victima de asaltos con el fin de hacerle graves danos corporales – incluyendo torturas por quemaduras de cigarrillos y inacción parcial.

A contribuir a su dolencia, la señora subí periodos de negligencia medica para su enfermedad crónica. No obstante su recomendación de deportación a Sudáfrica para motivaciones medicas, el juez no la creía bastante enferma para liberarla. Ahora la Señora Du Plooy esta en condiciones mas y muy graves.

El cárcel revoco’ todos los beneficios del ‘ Plan De Callapa’, ignorando el hecho de que ella asistió a varias clases, las cuales deberían ayudarla a reducir el periodo de su condena. Ademas, desde Marzo de este ano, ni tiene la posibilidad o el derecho de comunicar, ni vía correo electrónico, ni vía medios de comunicación social.

La Señora Du Plooy, tiene una familia en Venezuela que la puede ayudar, ambos asignándole una colocacion segura y la residencia necesaria para obtener su libertad condicional. El solo obstáculo que no le permitió de avanzar, es que esta familia vive a menos de 100km de su lugar de detención original – el Aeropuerto Internacional de Caracas.

Con todo el respecto y reconocimiento de las leyes de Venezuela, yo comprendo que el sujeto condenado por trafico de drogas, después ochos anos, tiene el derecho a ser elegible para libertad condicional. Un oportunidad de desarrollo personal que es por el bien de el preso mismo y de la comunidad.

Su Señoría, la ruego de considerar los latos mas humanos y cristianos del sistema judiciario, como la compasión, perdón y misericordia. Las mismas calidades humanas, de las cuales usted describe como necesarias, honorable Ministro Varela.

Por lo tanto, hago un atractivo especial, estimando los poderes de su oficina y un poco de compasión, podrán ayudar la liberación permanente o condicional de la señora Du Plooy, así que elle se pueda regresar a Sudáfrica vía la embajada sudafricana, o buscar ayuda con su familia Venezolana.

Atentamente

Jeremy David Acton

Ciudad del Cabo
Sudáfrica

English VERSION:
Jeremy D. Acton
PO Box 5396
Tygervalley
Cape Town
7536
South Africa
Jeremyacton@gmail.com

21 January 2015

The Minister of Prisons
Minister Iris Varela
Caracas
Venezuela

Honourable Minister Varela,

INTERVENTION REQUESTED: FREEDOM OR PAROLE.

Zenolia Du Plooy
Prison File number: WP01-P-2008-003729
INOF Prison
Los Teques
Venezuela

I hereby draw to your attention the plight of a South African female citizen, Ms. Zenolia Du Plooy, who has been  serving an 8 year sentence for drug trafficking at INOF prison, Los Teques, Venezuela. The prisoner has to date served about 7years and 2 months of her sentence, and is due for release about July 2015.

Ms. Du Plooy is presently hospitalised for chronic Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, which has been left untreated for the last 6 years. She has recently contacted me from the hospital, with the following information.

Ms. Du Plooy has been eligible for parole since her 6th year.

She only has one Venezuelan family that she knows who will give her residence and security of address necessary for her parole to be granted. The parole has not been permitted because this family lives within 100km of her original place of arrest, which is the international airport in Caracas.

She has asked me to write this letter to beg that this condition of distance between the place of arrest and place of parole might be waived by your department, and that parole may be granted.

Honourable Madame Varela, Minister of Prisons, I write to ask more of you than only her humble request for parole with the family who offers her rehabilitative shelter.

Over the last 6 years, this prisoner has suffered rape by the guards transporting her to prison, violent assault by inmates, assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, torture by cigarette burn, partial starvation, periods of complete lack of medical care for her Lupus, and, since March 2014, absolutely no ability or right to communicate from prison with her family via any form of internet facility like email or social media.

All of her benefits from Plan Callapa were also withdrawn despite her having attended many classes to reduce her sentence. Despite being recommended for release and deportation to South Africa by a doctor for medical and compassionate reasons two years ago, she was informed by a judge that she was not sick enough to be released. Now she is hospitalised for her illness.

I respectfully and in acknowledgement of the laws of Venezuela, suggest that the crime of drug trafficking, which carries a sentence of 8 years, normally takes into account the possibility of parole, and that after about 6 years, a prisoner should be helped to reintegrate with society, for the good of the prisoner and of society. Hence, parole plays an important part in a prisoner’s rehabilitation.

Further, in matters of Justice there is not only crime and its punishment, but at some stage in the period of punishment, there comes a time in Justice for Compassion and Forgiveness and Restoration  to also be exercised to finally bring the prisoner back into the world. These qualities of Forgiveness and Mercy and Restoration, are thus a necessary aspect of Justice for consideration by your portfolio, honourable Madame Varela. 

I therefore make special appeal to your esteemed office, and the powers held by your office, that you might in compassion permit the release of Ms. Du Plooy to return to South Africa via the South African Embassy in Caracas, or alternatively, that parole might be granted to Ms. Du Plooy to allow her to reside with the Venezuelan family who details shall be given in her parole application.

I ask this for the prisoner, Zenolia Du Plooy, and for the sake of Justice.

Jeremy David Acton

Cape Town
South Africa

Original Source: Pastebin.com

Letter from Entrepreneur Larry Ngcobo

To whom it may concern.

My name is Larry Ngcobo from Durban, recently I decided to start
a new street wear brand (Mary Jane Good Times)
which will be clothing brand dedicated to
addressing the identity and aspirations of today’s youth by creating
classic and timeless clothing lines that resonate with the South African stoner
culture.The brand mission is to continuously disprove negative stereotypes
about cannabis and its users.

I ‘m currently working on getting my samples done for t-shirts
which I plan to sell to my customer base, the prices will range from
R200 to R270 delivery exclusive. Since I don’t have enough capital on hand
I plan on taking orders and once a deposit is made by a customer I’ll then get the
desired product manufactured and delivered to the customer.
I decided to write this email because I hoping I could interest you
in liking my Facebook (www.facebook.com/MaryJaneGoodTimes) page and
sharing it to help me reach as many people within my customer base as I can.

Thank you for taking the time to read through this email.

Kind regards

Editor’s reply

Hi Larry

I am posting your letter on daggamagazine.com as well as sending a tweet and posting it on our Facebook page.

Best of luck, keep us posted.

Regards
Michael

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Chronic Pain Sufferer Concerned With #DaggaDebate

Cilla Webster from the Post-Polio Network RSA expresses her concerns with the legalisation of dagga in South Africa in a letter to daggamagazine.com.

Hi editor

One of the most important things than none of those purporting dagga legislation realise, is that whilst you are sensible and have x amount of smokes per day, you are trying to legalise something that is potentially harmful to most South Africans, including children. Like alcohol, it will cause all sorts of crime and death.

As you’ve guessed, I am totally against alcohol, and that is because as a child growing up there was always money for drink and cigarettes and never money for food, education, etc. We grew up amongst all races in a multiracial area so there was never any racism in my life.

Fighting to legalise dagga is something no one should take lightly. You are only taking yourselves, the dagga smokers, into account. What about the millions of irresponsible people who will find the money for dagga, drink and cigarettes and not for food for their children, clothing or an education? Why do the families always have to suffer? Why do you think everyone is responsible about using dagga? That they all know their limit? They are not going to draw up a budget. They will enjoy themselves to their heart’s content and their families will suffer.

We see the damage cigarettes do on a daily basis in our hospitals. Why would anyone want to do that to their lungs? We see liquor abused on a daily basis in this country and the most horrendous crimes committed in the name of ‘partying’.

If you want to smoke dagga at home do so, but don’t punish every single child who is a potential sufferer because their parent is waiting for legislation to be passed.
Whether or not you believe in Jesus Christ, the day is coming when you will be challenged for the part you play in dagga legislation, and you will be challenged on each and every life that has suffered because of that legislation, so I hope you are ready for the consequences. Everyone of us is responsible for what we do. There is a consequence for our actions. We will pay.
You should see the psychiatric wards in hospitals around the country with mentally ill patients sick from dagga use. My own husband is a classic example. I’ve seen them and it isn’t pretty. There are side-effects to all drugs. You may not get them but the ones who do have side-effects have ruined lives. Do you really want to legalise a potentially harmful component? I am a very disabled woman who has lived in constant pain for more than twenty years, live in a wheelchair and cannot even use my arms to wipe my own backside, so you can imagine what a good candidate I am to smoke myself out of my tiny mind all day but I know it isn’t worth it. I prefer to be in touch with myself, my pain and use it to benefit others. I teach crochet, knitting, etc and keep busy. Most of important of all, I believe in John 3:16, invited Jesus into my life, and live a very happy life. Of course I have my off days but I share them with my Lord and we get through the bad days as we do the good days.

I really trust that whatever you pursue in life will be for the good of humankind and not just for yourself.

Take care and be good to yourself.

Kind regards
Cilla

PostPolio.co.za


Editor’s Reply

Hi Cilla, Thank you for taking the time to write to us at daggamagazine.com
As a publication we do not deny the harms of dagga prohibition on society. We do however rely on the latest scientific evidence as well as consider all anecdotal evidence from medical dagga patients who find instant relief from either cannabis oil or in some cases from the varporised (Smokeless) form or in the crude smoked form. While I do agree with you that lungs are not meant to inhale smoke, however tell a tobacco smoker that and you might get a stare.

Did you know that although cannabis contain more tar in the unfiltered smoke it is not the tar that cause cancer in smokers. Tobacco and many other tobacco products contain uranium, polonium-210 and radioactive lead-210. The latter is responsible for cancer in smokers. The decay time for lead-210 is 22.3 years. If you are exposed to one puff of tobacco the effects may last 22.3 years before you can say you’re clean and that is if you managed to avoid tobacco smoke, which to me sounds impossible as I believe the element make up a very tiny percentage of the air we breath. We are probably both in a room free of smoke but yet are effected on the atomic scale.

Think about this for a moment, everything we, and that includes children, consume are some form of drugs. Usually people say drugs when they mean illicit drugs. However if you look at the ultimate truth you will realise that all the ingredients on super market shelves are drugs. Drugs packed & labelled ready for children and adults to buy. yes legal drugs are regulated and the dealers and suppliers follow strict rules on many of the dangerous chemical drugs used in the mass production of food. Many people ignore this aspect of the debate because in itself it exposes the injustice towards otherwise law-abiding daggafarians. We do not jail all alcohol consumers because some are alcoholic.

Many of the dangers of dagga are a result of the prohibition and the fact that it is unregulated. Currently it is being sold in schools! School children are the dealers in a illegal unregulated system. The illegality is what drives rebellious kids to dagga.

On average 10 people are arrested for dagga possession, per police station, per day, in South Africa. The cost of one incident is well over R200 000. There are just over a 1000 police stations in South Africa. Roughly estimated the government spends a pessimistic
R20 000 000 per day on making criminals of otherwise law abiding daggafarians.

The publication does not condone the use of dagga by minors. However there are many children who are medical marijuana patients and we fully support and stand by the parents who choose alternative medical cannabis treatments. Google: Charlotte Figi & Brave MyKayla.

When someone is arrested for dagga they are given a choice between a jail sentence and rehabilitation. Nobody wants to go to jail so they pick rehabilitation every time. Yes there are people with predisposed mental conditions that might be brought on early because of dagga use but schizophrenia has not been scientifically linked to dagga use. The claims are purely based on propaganda and skewed studies funded by Anti Drug Organisations. Every study that claims dagga is dangerous is backed by some government organisation who’s purpose it is to enforce dagga law. The studies are funded with the purpose of finding harms not giving unbiased results of the truth.

You might have recently read an article on South African mainstream news that claimed dagga is more dagerous than herion. This is propaganda and evidence of a conspiracy surrounding a sensible drug debate.

I have attached an article to research that has found that alcohol is the most dangerous drug and that cannabis is safer than tobacco.

You say those who advocate dagga legalisation will be judged for the consequences of their actions but when will government and the police take responsibility and be held accountable for the rights violations they are guilty of performing everyday they uphold unjust dagga law. Will God punish those who ruin the lives of functional daggafarians who don’t have a drug problem?

In my personal capacity, I believe “The Universe is God, The Earth is the Ark and Noah is Nature.” Those advocating dagga legalisation can’t be wrong for doing the right thing. God created the dagga plant after all.

Dagga laws stem from old British segregation and racism, the foundation which was founded upon the very first Indian workers brought to Durban as slaves. Dagga was first outlawed in South Africa in 1870 to control Indian workers in KwaZulu-Natal (Dagga is a traditional herb in the Hindu faith). By 1911 dagga was outlawed for all Africans except mineworkers and by 1925 the exception was revoked to control and oppress the members of the newly formed National Union of Mineworkers (NUM). Effectively doing so by making Dagga illegal. The oppressive racist State disrupted the economic well being and culture of indigenous people.

If you want to protect children from dagga you need the Dagga Regulation Bill not a illegal unregulated market that relies on prohibition to protect society.

In regards to your medical condition: I truly believe you can find relief from your chronic pain with cannabis oil or even cannabis vapor. Unfortunately the stigmatisation and illegality has robbed you of the choice, to be able to decide for yourself. What if someone with a similar condition find that cannabis oil is the difference between life and death? I cannot judge someone who finds instant relief from cannabis. All forms of cannabis use is medicinal. The human body has a endo-cannabinoid system with cannabinoid receptors located in many parts of the body. Cannabis is the only known plant with this unique cannabinoid profile that makes people high, happy, hungry and healthy.

In light of the new information I have presented you I would like to urge you to investigate the latest scientific research on dagga and make an informed decision.

Dagga Regulation Bill
dagga.za.net/bill

History of dagga in South Africa 1870 to present
dagga.za.net/history

Alcohol Most Dangerous Drug After Tobacco – Research Finds
Research by the Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs have found that, of all drugs, alcohol presented the most danger to it’s user and those around them…
daggamagazine.com/2014/11/03/alcohol-most-dangerous-drug/

I choose dagga over alcohol, tobacco and conventional medication. I am not a criminal for making a safer choice.

Regards

Michael Hawthorne
Editor

Dagga Magazine