South Africa government is able to construct 10 hemp homes for the cost of convicting every 2nd dagga offender & nobody’s questioning why people still live in shacks.
Almost sounds too good to be true but in this case is absolutely plausible.
Recently at an international law enforcement conference, held in Cape Town, activist Julian Stobbs, from the Dagga Couple pointed out that the cost to the state for arresting, prosecuting and applying correctional sanctions in respect of each dagga offender stood somewhere around R240 000.
This ultimately mean we are jailing people for choosing dagga over alcohol and tobacco at the expense of the homeless.
Let us rebuild the rainbow nation in a green revolution.
Youtube Video from Associated Press an American news agency featuring the R50 000 hemp home built by Tony Budden from Hemporium SA
High cost of SA’s anti-dagga laws
Post Apartheid Struggle; Hemp Homes Save The Homeless
Tony Budden from Hemporium SA presented a strong case for industrial hemp in South Africa to the Department of Human Settlements in parliament last week
Tony says industrial hemp can revoluntionise South Africa. “Hemp is the clean, alternative & sustainable source of materials”
He acknowledged the legalisation movement towards medicinal cannabis but said his organisation highlights the industrial uses of the plant.
In 2011 Tony Budden was featured on Top Billing for building the first hemp house in South Africa for only R50 000. We can build five hemp houses at the cost of arresting & convicting a single person for dagga in South Africa.
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Tony did not come empty handed. He brought samples of hemp building materials to show government officials that hemp housing is not just another pipe dream, but a real solution to upgrade informal settlements into flourishing suburbs.
Tony also said that currently the only people making money from hemp is the researchers and that it’s time for government to open up the hemp industry to the benefit of all South Africans.
We need to change the laws around this beautiful plant. We need to #LetMyPeopleGrow – Tony Budden